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 two-year project will document under-represented genres of speech, particularly conversation, in Passamaquoddy-Maliseet, an Eastern Algonquian language with approximately 500 speakers (all forty years of age or older) located in and around several communities along the northern border of Maine (USA) and Canada. The primary output of the project will be an extensive set of annotated transcriptions of audio and video recordings, designed to be suitable as base material for second-language instruction as well as for a broad range of analytical work.
Primary investigator: Conor Quinn