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.
The primary purpose of the project is to gather and analyze new materials on Haisla and Henaaksiala, Northern Wakashan language varieties (dialects) of Kitamaat Village, British Columbia. The project will concentrate on aspects of the language that have not been documented before - its use in a variety of cultural contexts such as conversation, oral traditions that are still alive, traditional and contemporary contexts of work, oratory at feasts, and more. A second aim is to check and amplify existing materials previously collected by Bach (from 1970 to the present). A third goal is to obtain accurate linguistic histories of each Haisla consultant who has been involved in any stage of the research in Kitamaat Village. The results will be published and made accessible in various forms, in consonance with the rights and privileges of community units (â€œclansâ€
Primary investigator: Emmon Bach