Documentation of Nasal: An overlooked Malayo-Polynesian isolate of southwest Sumatra

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.

Nasal is an endangered Malayo-Polynesian isolate spoken by 3,000 speakers in southwest Sumatra. While reference to Nasal first appeared in Dutch colonial documents as early as 1887, the language only received an ISO code in 2008 and is absent from any survey of Austronesian languages in the last century. This overlooked Malayo-Polynesian isolate is quite simply the least documented language of Sumatra and its outer islands. This project will produce a 10-houraudiovisual corpus of Nasal, part of which will be enriched with time-aligned transcriptions and translations and glosses in English and Indonesian. Primary investigator: Bradley McDonnell

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Location: Indonesia, South-Eastern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of Hawaii Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £8,255.00 Commencement Date: 01/2013
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