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.
Koasati (IS0 639-3:cku) is the language of the Coushatta Tribe of Lousiana, still spoken fluently by approximately 200 people, the majority of whom live on or near the Coushatta Reservation outside Elton, Louisiana. This project is a collaborative effort between the Coushatta Heritage Department and linguists from The College of William and Mary. Its goals are to transcribe, annotate, and archive historical Koasati materials in a way that is accessible to the Coushatta community, as well as create audio and video documentation of informal language practices that will assist learners with contemporary, context-dependent Koasati language use.
Primary investigator: Stephanie Hasselbacher