Documenting Ipiko, an undescribed language of PNG

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.

An undescribed and endangered language Ipiko is the sole representative of the Inland Gulf subgroup of the Anim group of the Trans New Guinea language family. The project aims to document the Ipiko language, collect audio and visual recordings in order to create a balanced and annotated corpus of the language, on which my doctoral dissertation about morpho-syntactic aspects of the language will be based. A sketch grammar, more detailed investigations of valency, transitivity, and argument structure should be the result of the project. These will be accompanied by a small dictionary.The outcome will be useful for descriptive, historical, typological, and Areal linguistics. It will also serve to provide the community with teaching materials. Primary investigator: Zurab Baratashvili

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Location: Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Australian National University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £73,086.00 Commencement Date: 01/2015 Project Status: Active
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