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 documents ecological knowledge of the Abui people. Abui (ISO 639-3 abz), a non-Austronesian language of the Alor-Pantar family of Eastern Indonesia, is likely to be much more endangered than indicated by speaker number surveys, which give figures of around 16,000. Recently, there is rapid shift to Malay among the younger generation. Focusing on the Abui nomenclature, classification, characteristics, and use of food- and medicinal- plants, this interdisciplinary project will create Abui audio- and video- recordings, with accompanying transcriptions and translations, as well as voucher specimens and high-quality photographic images of plants.
Primary investigator: Blake