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.
I will work with Nahua language assistants to complete the transcription of over 130 hours of myths, shamanic healing songs, laments and love songs. The result will be the first ever substantial archive of Nahua material in text, sound and video format that is accessible to other researchers and most critically for the Nahua themselves. Today the Nahua number less than 280 people, most of this material is spoken or sung only by the elder generation and due to recent rapid social and demographic changes and incipient language shift to Spanish could be extinct in less than two generations.
Primary investigator: Conrad Feather