Documentation of Choyo (Queyu) and its Cultural Traditions

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.

Choyo is an understudied and underdocumented Tibeto-Burman (TB) language spoken in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China. Though speakers are classified as Tibetans (Lu 1985: 67, Wang 1991: 46), Choyo belongs to the Qiangic branch instead of Tibetic, with approximately 6,000~7,000 speaker population. The goals of this project are: (1) the creation of a collection of Choyo texts, audio and video recordings that cover linguistic and sociocultural perspectives of the Choyo community (2) an annotated corpus of texts, video and audio recordings of natural and elicited Choyo data, (3) a Choyo-Mandarin-English dictionary, and (4) a sketch grammar of Choyo. Primary investigator: Xuan Guan

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Location: Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of Oregon Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £64,598.00 Commencement Date: 01/2014 Project Status: Active
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