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.
This project will produce a documentary corpus on Chhitkul, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken across two villages in Himachal Pradesh, India. This will be the first ever corpus of Chhitkul. Unwritten and exclusively spoken at home, Chhitkul is endangered and threatened by the spread of Hindi. This project will collect a corpus of audio-video recordings of speech samples in different genres, primarily everyday conversations, but also narratives, traditional genres, and some elicited materials. The corpus will serve as a foundation for the development of further linguistic fieldwork and aid in the investigation of grammatical features and language support initiatives.
Primary investigator: Philippe Martinez