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 produce transcribed and annotated texts in Yonghe Qiang: an endangered Northeastern Tibet-Burman language spoken in Southeastern Mao County, Rngaba prefecture, Sichuan, China. There are about 2,000 speakers, but communities are shifting to Chinese. The culturally rich body of texts, which will include life-history interviews and naturally-occurring conversations by speakers of different ages and genders, will serve as the empirical materials for a grammatical description of the language. The materials collected will be shared with the community through both printed booklets and digital means. Native speakers will be involved as collaborators at all levels of the project.
Primary investigator: Nathaniel Sims