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.
Northern Prinmi (ISO 639: pmi, +27° 55'45", +101° 16'49"), a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in China by several thousand ethnically Pumi in northern Yunnan Province and an estimated 40,000 ethnically Tibetan in southern Sichuan Province, is increasingly endangered due to the development of large-scale infrastructure in the region, urbanisation, and the influence of Southwestern Mandarin Chinese. This project will document Northern Prinmi oral art, with a special focus on ritual speech, one of the domains of the language that is more severely threatened by disappearance. The project will result in a collection of annotated video and audio texts and rituals.
Primary investigator: Henriette Daudey