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 build an audiovisual collection of Yona linguistic practices. Yona is spoken in the West Range region in Papua New Guinea with about 480 speakers. It is a member of the Left May family, and this project would be the first to document a Left May language. The documentation will focus on natural language use in interactive settings including Yona, Tok Pisin and code-switching. Primary outcomes will be an openly accessible archived collection, a corpus for community use, a sketch grammar, and scholarly output that brings together linguistic and ethnographic insights to explain the data.
Primary investigator: Joseph Brooks