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.
The Cosao, with a population of 149; the Labe, with 4,013 (2017), live in South and Centre Yunnan, China, approximately at longitude 101°34′ E, latitude 21°37′N and longitude 101°54′E, latitude of 23°24′N. The Government lumped them into Hani and Bai respectively. However, their languages are not mutually intelligible and critically endangered. This project will focus on documenting the semantic domain of wild mushrooms, along with their traditional biological, ecological knowledge. Data will be collected by digital camera and recorder. Audio, visual materials will be transcribed, annotated, translated into Chinese and English, finally input ELAN, EDIUS or FLEx for archiving.
Primary investigator: Xianming Xu