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.
Project Summary: The goals of the project are to advance the linguistic understanding of Paresi, and to provide urgent documentation of the Paresi language and culture by organizing an archive with naturally occurring discourse, and by providing a reference grammar. The Paresi people, who number approximately 2000, live in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil. The texts will be collected in four communities: Bacaval, Formoso, Nova EsperanÃ§a, and Rio Verde, and they will be organized in the form of a book; community members will be trained in documentation. The data collected will be the basis of my doctoral dissertation, a reference grammar of Paresi.
Primary investigator: Ana Paula Brandão