Documenting Konda and Kais: two endangered and less-known Trans-New Guinea languages of South Bird's Head of New Guinea

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.

Konda and Kais are Trans-New Guinea languages of South Bird's Head of New Guinea that have less than 1,000 speakers. These two languages are undescribed and are threatened and endangered as young speakers prefer to speak Papuan Malay and Bahasa Indonesia in daily basis rather than their native languages due to social, economic and political factors. In daily life, most speakers in villages are still depend their life on sago plants and many traditional stories relate to sago including their presence of their ancestors in the region. Thus, documenting stories around sago forest is essential. Primary investigator: Yusuf Sawaki

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Location: Indonesia, South-Eastern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Pusat Studi Bahasa dan Budaya Papua (Center for Language and Culture of Papua), University of Papua Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £45,073.00 Commencement Date: 01/2015 Project Status: Active
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