GIZAC - Gwarayu and the Intermediate Zone (Amazonia - Chaco, Bolivia) documentation project

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.

GIZA is a language documentation project in Bolivia, working with endangered Gwarayu (gyr) and almost extinct Guarasuñe’e (psm), more widely known as Pauserna. Both languages belong to the Tupi-Guarani family. Gwarayu has approximately 5,000 speakers of varying competence, and of Guarasuñe’e there are only four speakers left. The two hitherto underinvestigated languages are found in a linguistic contact region and geographical intermediate zone between Bolivian Amazonia and Chaco. GIZA aims at compiling a large multi-purpose corpus that allows for scientific research on the two languages as well as for revitalisation activities. Primary investigator: Swintha Danielsen

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Location: Bolivia, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of Leipzig Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £146,327.00 Commencement Date: 01/2010 Project Status: Active
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