Documentation and Description of Nihali, a critically endangered language isolate of India

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 focuses on documenting Nihali language ( ISO 639-3: nll), a critically endangered language isolate, spoken in India. According to Ethnologue, about 2000 speakers live in Jalgaon-Jamod Tehsil, Buldana District of Maharashtra, India ( Latitude: 20.5402; longitude 76.0913). The project aims at a detailed descriptive grammar, a trilingual dictionary (Nihali- Hindi- English) and 20 hours of archival audio and video recordings of speech samples in different genres including: traditional stories, myths and legends, historical accounts, songs and poems, natural conversations that may serve as the basis for educational materials. Primary investigator: Shailendra Mohan

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Location: India, Southern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Deccan Cololege Post-Graduate & Research Institute Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £9,996.00 Commencement Date: 01/2008 Project Status: Active
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