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 enrich primary linguistic data in support of efforts to assemble comprehensive documentation of Western Pantar (Lamma), a Papuan outlier language of Eastern Indonesia. The project builds upon initial fieldwork conducted by the applicant in 2004-2007. The project will undertake eight months of field work in order to: (1) to annotate existing recordings; (2) collect and annotate recordings documenting genre not well-covered in existing documentation (including conversation and ritual poetry); and (3) train local researchers in transcription techniques.
Primary investigator: Gary Holton