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.
Cahuilla is a Uto-Aztecan language spoken in the mountains and deserts near the Salton Sea in Southern California. It is severely endangered, with only 5 elderly speakers remaining. Documentation in the early twentieth century focused largely on elicited speech, resulting in a lack of quality data representative of conversational discourse and other genres of naturalistic, culturally relevant speech. Expanding the language documentation with high-quality audio and video will result in a robust language corpus that can be utilized for linguistic analysis and development of language learning materials. Project outcomes will contribute to language revitalization efforts and scholarly linguistic research.
Primary investigator: Incamu Ray Huaute