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 discourse-based descriptive and historical grammar of the endangered Kurtoep language will provide one of the first descriptions of language in Bhutan. The proposed research will be conducted in the emerging framework which endeavours to collaborate with the speech community for the purpose of language preservation. In addition to producing a grammar of the language, this project will also produce texts with accompanying audio and video files and a dictionary. The trilingual Kurtoep-English-Dzongkha dictionary will also contain etymologies, when know, for the Kurtoep forms. This project will produce the only description to date of an East-Bodish (Tibeto-Burman) language.
Primary investigator: Gwendolyn Hyslop