Digitisation of North Malaita recordings

The Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) provides grants worldwide to for the linguistic documentation of endangered language and knowledge. Grantees create multimedia collection of endangered languages. These collections are preserved and made freely available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) housed at the library of SOAS University of London.

From 1971 to 1985, Ian Frazer conducted fieldwork in North Malaita, Solomon Islands, mainly To'abaita but with neighbouring groups as well (Lau, Baelelea, Pijin). During that time he built up a large collection of tapes, photos, field notes and other material. There are over 200 cassettes and over 40 reels of mixed content - music (traditional and contemporary), traditional stories, history, life histories, traditional and present day customs/culture, political history, labour history, and much else. None of the collection is digitised. This project will digitise this collection and make it available for current efforts to strengthen the ongoing use of local languages. Primary investigator: Nick Thieberger

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Location: Solomon Islands, Melanesia, Oceania Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of Melbourne Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £10,000.00 Commencement Date: 01/2014 Project Status: Active
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