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.
Jawoyn is a language of southern Arnhem Land with only 3 speakers remaining in 2004. The project will make language materials available, and so will make another major Australianist corpus accessible to analysts, as well as to the community of people from which the information emanates. It will add to the corpus of materials available for typological and comparative work, and undoubtedly allow advances in plausible reconstruction among some of the evidently closely related Gunwingguan languages.
Primary investigator: Francesca Merlan