Documentation and description of Kuna: a community-based approach to documentation and gram01/03-writing

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 is a response to the limited documentation and description available to thecommunity members of Kuna, a Chibchan language spoken mostly in the Panamanian-Colombianborder area, with an estimated 44,100 speakers. It seeks to document instances of naturallyoccurring speech in Kuna and to process new and old recordings making them available to thecommunity. In addition to the new material produced, the project will produce a comprehensivegrammar of the language, with an emphasis on community interests of strengthening andrevitalization. The ISO-639 code for Kuna is cuk, located at 9°24' N latitude, 78°19' W longitude. Primary investigator: Wikaliler Smith

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Location: Panama, Panama, Central America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of Texas at Austin Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £17,674.00 Commencement Date: 01/2005
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