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 document two varieties of Koryak (kpy, Kamchatka, Russia) ignored by contemporary linguists. We will capture a variety of genres, including conversation, songs, riddles & sayings, and descriptions of ritual and cosmology, but most of the material will be narratives. Transcriptions will include grammatical and ethnographic annotations for each genre and all of the narratives will be analysed following Dell Hymes's method of 'measured verse' in his theory of ethnopoetics. This project will demonstrate the value of taking such analysis to a wide array of narratives, from myth to oral history to other kinds of stories.
Primary investigator: Alexander King