Documenting Language and Interaction in Kula

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 will provide extensive documentation of Kula, an endangered and undocumented non-Austronesian language spoken by approximately 5,000 people in the eastern highlands of Alor, Indonesia. The Kula community is undergoing language shift and many children are now learning the local variety of Malay as their first language. The primary goal of this project is to produce a corpus of video recorded language use, focusing on spontaneous, naturally-occurring conversation and interactional data. This corpus will provide the foundation for a dictionary and text collection for the Kula community, as well as the applicant's dissertation research on place reference in Kula. Primary investigator: Nicholas Williams

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Location: Indonesia, South-Eastern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of Colorado, Boulder Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £29,756.00 Commencement Date: 01/2008
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