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 serves the extensive documentation of the endangered Amazonian language Secoya, a West Tucanoan language that is presently still spoken by around 1,000 people divided by the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border. The participatory project focuses on the Ecuadorian variety with less than 500 speakers, producing annotated audio/video recordings on a wide range of cultural practices and genres, to be archived with ELAR and FLACSO. It will further provide a substantial electronic dictionary (Secoya-Spanish-English) with a print version and accompanying pedagogical material which will form the basis for the future elaboration of a much required practical grammar.
Primary investigator: Anne Schwarz