Documentation and description of Tena Kichwa and research into the use of evidentials in the language

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.

Tena Kichwa is an endangered Quechuan variety, used by several thousand speakers in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The linguistic and cultural practices of the Amazonian Kichwa differ significantly from those of the Andean Quechua communities, but remain undocumented. This project aims to create a documentation comprising at least 20h of audio and video recordings with associated annotations and metadata, representing the use of Tena Kichwa in a variety of social and cultural contexts. Naturally occurring speech will be prioritised in the corpus, as particular emphasis will be placed on documenting the usage of evidentials in socially and culturally situated language exchange. Primary investigator: Karolina Grzech

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Location: Ecuador, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): SOAS, University of London Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £58,712.00 Commencement Date: 01/2008
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