Grammar of Minyag, a minority language of Western Sichuan

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.

Minyag is an under-documented Tibeto-Burman language spoken by roughly 10,000 people in villages clustered around Gangkar Mountain (CH: Gongga Shan) in Kangding County, western Sichuan, China. This project’s primary outcomes are the creation of cross-sectional audio and audio-visual corpora documenting a variety of language uses; the publication and promotion a locally authored Minyag-Chinese-Tibetan-English Dictionary; and an M.A. thesis on the grammar of Minyag useful for future studies on the language’s typological classification. This project includes rich annotation and translations in Simplified Mandarin, English, and Standard Tibetan orthographies to make data accessible to the Minyag language community and local scholars. Primary investigator: Agnes Conrad

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Location: China, China, Mexico, China, Central America, Eastern Asia, Asia, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Qinghai Nationalities University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £9,749.00 Commencement Date: 01/2014 Project Status: Active
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