Documenting Nalögo, an Oceanic language of Santa Cruz Island

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.

Nalögo is an Oceanic language spoken on Santa Cruz Island in Temotu, the esternmost province of Solomon Islands. The last census in 2007 reports approximately 1620 speakers of Nalögo. A number of pressures, especially the great expansion of Solomon Pijin, are leading to rapid changes in patterns of language use and transmission. The project will expland on the limited documentation materials available for Nalögo. Digital audio and video materials covering different genres will be collected, transcribed and translated. In agreement with the speakers, a short collection of texts or a Nalögo-English wordlist will be produced. Primary investigator: Valentina Alfarano

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Location: Solomon Islands, Melanesia, Oceania Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): CNRS Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £9,969.00 Commencement Date: 01/2013
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