Documentation of the language and lifestyle of the Galesh, province of Golestan, Iran

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 Galesh are herdsmen in the Alborz mountains. Their total number is unknown, but diminishing rapidly due to the modernisation of the Iranian society. This project attempts to find out if the language of the Eastern Galesh in Golestan is similar to any of the languages of the settled population in the area or if it should be regarded as a language of its own. In Galeshi there are many terms for husbandry and dairy production, which are not found among the agriculturalists. Since the lifestyle of the Galesh is severely threatened this project will document important aspects of it before it is too late. Primary investigator: Carina Jahani

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Location: Iran, Southern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Uppsala University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £6,000.00 Commencement Date: 01/2004
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