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 project will fund a native-speaker researcher to thoroughly document Wucun Pinghua, an endangered variety of Southern Pinghua spoken by approximately 6,000 villagers in five villages in Nanning, Guangxi, China. Currently, most fluent speakers of Wucun Pinghua are from the grandparent generation, and young villagers are not learning the language due to language shift to Mandarin. This project will result in fifteen hours of rich audio- and video- recordings with high-quality phonological transcriptions in IPA, morphological annotations, and English translations. The outcome of this project will contribute significantly to typological, historical, and areal linguistics of East and Southeast Asia.
Primary investigator: Xiaolan Cao