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.
Large parts of Sudan are currently inaccessible to researchers, in particular the southern region of the country and the Darfur region. In both of these areas, but especially in the south, there are communities with endangered languages. This project will locate speakers of such languages in the Sudanese immigrant community in Melbourne Australia. Once located, the extent of speakers' knowledge will be assessed and preliminary data collected on the languages which are represented. This knowledge will constitute the basis for future documentation projects based in Melbourne and targeting specific Sudanese languages.
Primary investigator: Simon Musgrave