Documentation of the Ye'kwana language in the Caura basin

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 Ye'kwana are a geographically extended group of about 6,000 people in the Amazonian region on the border between Venezuela and Brasil. Through still vital, the community is already being confronted by the feeling of losing parts of their cultural and linguistic traditions.The primary aim of this fieldwork is to collect more data and complete the understanding of the existing corpus collected in previous visits to the Ye'kwana community in the Caura basin in Venezuela. The current project will help develop a grammatical description as one of the first steps toward a larger interdisciplinary documentation project. Primary investigator: Natalia Cáceres Arandia

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Location: Venezuela, Cuba, Venezuela, Caribbean, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): CNRS - Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £9,922.00 Commencement Date: 01/2004
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