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 Pakatan/Maleng/Bo language (henceforth Pakatan) has less than a thousand speakers. The variety spoken in the mountainous area of Hoanh Son, in the Vietnamese province of Quang Binh, is called Malieng is estimated to have around 200 speakers, who live in half a dozen villages around the area. Pakatan is spoken in both Vietnam, where receives the name Malieng, and Laos. This language must not be confused with Malieng, a Chut language variety. Pakatan is a Vietic language (Viet-Muong) with less than a thousand speakers. The community was originally formed by collectors and traders who have become emergent mountain agriculture sedentists.
Primary investigator: Albert Badosa i Roldós