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 project entails the documentation and description of Lakuramau, an Austronesian language spoken in one village in New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) by approximatively 1,500 people. The community is multilingual in Lakuramau, Tok Pisin (the vehicular language) and the two neighbouring languages Kara and Nalik. Lakuramau is threatened: most children have a good passive knowledge of it, but not a good active one. Until now, Lakuramau has never been documented, nor described. The project aims at filling this gap through the compilation of a representative audio-video corpus of Lakuramau, a grammatical sketch and a collection of traditional stories..
Primary investigator: Lidia Federica Mazzitelli