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.
Yaqay is an underdocumented language spoken by ca. 10000 people in the Mappi regency, Papua province, Indonesia. Yaqay belongs to the Anim language family. Languages of this family have turned out to exhibit a range of features that are unusual from a typological and areal perspective, so the documentation of Yaqay is valuable for understanding why these languages are so different from other Papuan languages. The main outcomes will be a translated and annotated video corpus and a dictionary that will be useful for both linguists and community members, as well as teaching materials that can be used in village schools.
Primary investigator: Bruno Olsson