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.
Gajirrabeng is a member of the Jarragan language family and has no living fluent speakers. There are a few elderly partial speakers plus the proposed project linguist Frances Kofod who still have sufficient knowledge of the language to provide a decent level of documentation. The first objective of this project is to secure previously recorded language data by digitising a large number of audio tapes made between 1986 and 1991 that are currently degrading, transcribe the recordings, and provide basic linguistic analysis. Another objective of this project is to transcribe and annotate a further 34 un-transcribed digital recordings made with Paddy Carlton and Mignonette Jamin during 2005-2007. Additionally, all existing Gajirrabeng transcriptions will be transferred to and annotated in the more recent language documentation software ELAN. All digital files with transcriptions, translations and annotations will be archived to standard with the community archive at the host organisation MDWg and with ELDP, following an open archive policy.
Primary investigator: Frances Kofod