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 project is devoted to the documentation Tofa, a critically endangered South Siberian Turkic language spoken in three remote villages on the eastern Sayan mountains: Alygdzher, Nerha and Verkhnyaya Gutara, Nizhneudinsk region of Irkutsk Oblast. There are only 5 full speakers of Tofa and approximately 10 rememberers. The aim of the project is to document as much data as possible to create a corpus of Tofa language with the last speakers who are over 70 and develop an audio phrasebook and audio dictionary for the community to maintain their language and prevent the language loss.
Primary investigator: Arzhaana Syuryun