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.
This project will undertake the documentation of DÃ¢w, a Nadahup language of the northwest Amazon. DÃ¢w is spoken in a single community of about 100 people, near SÃ£o Gabriel da Cachoeira, Brazil. The work will train DÃ¢w speakers in documentation, and will lay the groundwork for a rich, annotated documentary corpus in audio and video, spanning a range of discourse types and genres. Further goals are a preliminary dictionary of the language and a deeper understanding of aspects of the grammar (building on Martins 2004). The team involves Brazilian and American linguists, anthropologists, and members of the DÃ¢w community.
Primary investigator: Patience Epps