Documentation and description of Nivacle dialects

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.

Little is known about regional and generational dialectal differences among Nivacle speakers. This project aims to document dialectal data of Nivacle (ISO 639-3), an endangered Matacoan language spoken in the Argentinean and Paraguayan Chaco. I will focus my research on the community of Uje Lhavos (22° 21' 47.13'' S 60° 02' 58.25'' W), and extend it to Santa Teresita, and Fischat. I plan to carry out a cross-dialectal comparative analysis of phonetic, phonological, and morpho-syntactic properties of Nivacle. Overall, this project will add substantially to the documentation of this endangered indigenous language and the understanding of regional and generational variants. Primary investigator: Analia Gutiérrez

Project Details

Location: Paraguay, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of British Columbia Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £8,454.00 Commencement Date: 01/2008
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