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.
Cappadocian (also known as Asia Minor Greek) is a Greek-Turkish mixed language thought to have died in the 1960s until its rediscovery in 2005. According to our present knowledge, there are an estimated several hundreds of native speakers and possibly another several hundreds of semi-speakers living in three villages near Thessaloniki (Northern Greece) and Larissa (Central Greece). The project aims to provide, with the collaboration of local community members, as comprehensive as possible a documentation of present day spoken Cappodocian, including digital recordings of every type of language usage, annotated descriptions, a sociolinguistic survey and a comprehensive grammar and dictionary.
Primary investigator: Mark Janse