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 goal of this project is the documentation of Aro [tei] (which is listed under the name 'Torricelli' in Ethnologue and some other sources). The Aro language is spoken by around 520 people in the Sandaun Province of Papua New Guinea. It belongs to the Kombio sub-branch of the Kombio-Arapesh branch of the Torricelli family. Whereas the Arapesh branch of the Kombio-Arapesh branch is well documented, the Kombio branch is underdescribed. This documentation project will result in the first major documentation and book-length description of any language of the Kombio branch.
Primary investigator: Andrey Drinfeld