Documentation of Yan-Nhangu, an undescribed language of North-Eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Australia

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.

Yan-nhangu is spoken by members of a few families at Milingimbi Aboriginal Community in Eastern Arnhem Land, in Australia's Northern Territory. It is the least described language of the area, with very little previous work. This two-year project involves working with the few remaining speakers of the Yan-Nhangu language. Although many other Yolngu languages are well described, Yan-Nhangu is almost completely unrecorded. Currently Yan-Nhangu is spoken fluently by six people. 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. Primary investigator: Claire Bowern

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Location: Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Oceania Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Australian National University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £8,846.00 Commencement Date: 01/2000
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