Documentation of the Oro Win language

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 Oro Win language (ISO-639 orw, -11.088, -64.078) is an underdescribed and severely endangered member of the Chapacuran family. It is spoken by six elders living along the headwaters of the Pacaás Novos River in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. This project will gather audio and video recordings of Oro Win speech from a variety of genres and will develop practical language materials with the community. The project will produce a corpus of annotated textual materials, grammar notes and a lexicon, along with a language learning pamphlet and documentary CDs and DVDs for use in the village schools. Primary investigator: Joshua Birchall

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Location: Brazil, South America, Brazil, Americas, United States of America Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £4,812.00 Commencement Date: 01/2007
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