Expanding the documentation of Chini language and culture

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.

Chini is a Ramu language spoken by 60 people in inland Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. This project has documentary and descriptive goals and includes ten months of fieldwork. It builds on the previous documentation and is focused on the diversification of the Chini corpus. The primary outcome will be an estimated twelve hours of transcribed and annotated conversational and narrative texts. Conversation, oratory, and oral history texts will be prioritized. More data from the Akrukay dialect will be included. This project also aims to document the rich local toponymy and the phonetics of typologically unusual consonant sequences. Primary investigator: Joseph Brooks

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Location: Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of California, Santa Barbara Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £43,827.00 Commencement Date: 01/2012
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