Documenting Hadza: language contact and variation

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.

Hadza is a language isolate spoken by up to 1,000 people in northern Tanzania (Simons and Fennig 2018, Edenmyr 2004, Blurton Jones 2016). This project aims to contribute to the documentation and preservation of Hadza, as well as other endangered languages in the region, by collaborating with Hadza community members to create a representative corpus of naturalistic and elicited speech recordings, to document linguistic variation and language contact across and within the various traditional Hadza sub-regions, to distribute collections of audio-visual materials to Hadza speakers in accessible digital formats, and to host a regional language endangerment and preservation workshop. Primary investigator: Richard Griscom

Project Details


Location: Tanzania, Eastern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Leiden University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £141,620.48 Commencement Date: 01/2015 Project Status: Active
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