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 aims to document the Otomi linguistic variant spoken in San JerÃ³nimo Acazulco, Ocoyoacac, Mexico, including tales, instructions, rituals, and routine descriptions. This Otomi language (Otopamean, Otomanguean) is spoken by about 350 people near Mexico City. A parallel goal is the development of pedagogical tools for reinforcing and teaching the language in the community. The documentation output will consist of transcribed and translated video recordings and a dictionary of the language. Archaisms found in the phonology and the tense/aspect/mood marking morphology make Acazulco Otomi valuable source for studies in language typology and Otopamean historical linguistics.
Primary investigator: Nestor Hernandez-Green