Documenting the Durvud dialect of Oirat in Western Mongolia

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.

Documenting the Durvud dialect of Oirat in Western Mongolia will document the Durvud dialect of Oirat, a variety spoken in vast, but sparsely populated regions in western Mongolia such as Uvs, Khovd, and Bayan-Olgii. Due to the increasing dominance of Khalkha, Durvud and other varieties of Oirat are diasappearing rapidly, and only a small minority among the 66706 ethnic Durvuds still speak the language. The documentation effort will focus on the language as occuring in a number of different culturally important situation types of nomadic life and thus capture those parts of Durvud langugae culture that are disappearing most rapidly. Primary investigator: Tsendee Yunger

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Location: Mongolia, Eastern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Mongol Business Institute Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £7,132.00 Commencement Date: 01/2008
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