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.
Muyu is an underdocumented language spoken by estimated 2000 people between the Kao and Muyu Rivers in the Boven-Digoel regency, Papuan Province, Indonesia. It belongs to Lowland Ok, a less studied branch of the Ok language family (Trans New Guinea). The project will include a cross-dialectal documentation from several villages resulting in a translated and annotated audio-visual corpus and a collection of texts for the community members. The data will be useful for comparative linguistics, language description and typology. The corpus will form the basis for a grammatical description of Muyu for submission as a PhD dissertation.
Primary investigator: Alexander Zahrer