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.
Seke, a little-documented Tibeto-Burman language of the Tamangic branch, has at most 700 speakers from five villages of the Mustang District in northern Nepal. Today the language is highly endangered, with few speakers under 40 years old, massive outmigration of all but the elderly, and even older speakers shifting overwhelmingly to Nepali. Building on an ongoing Columbia University Field Methods class, ”Documenting Seke Stories" aims to create an annotated corpus of video and audio recordings including folktales, oral histories, and a wide range of other narratives reflecting the lives and stories of Seke speakers.
Primary investigator: Ross Perlin