Documentation of Critically Endangered Laji Language in Social and Cultural Context

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.

Laji people, who call themselves as li¹³pu³³ljo³³, is an ethnic group living in two nearby villages in Jinchang Town, Maguan County, Yunnan Province of China. The number of this group is only 415, but only 22 people are proficient in Laji language. Among them, 8 are more than 70 years old, 11 are between 60-69 ages, and 3 are in 53-60 age group. The two villages are surrounded by Miao and Zhuang people, Laji language has not being taught in the families, thus young Laji people cannot speak Laji language. Primary investigator: Yan Yang

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Location: China, China, Mexico, China, Central America, Eastern Asia, Asia, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Yuxi Nomal University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £8,290.00 Commencement Date: 01/2020 Project Status: Active
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