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.
Seven different researchers at LACITO, now retired, have in the course of their careers made precious field recordings, preserved only as tapes or cassettes. These pertain to 14 different endangered languages: Bafia, Vute, and Tikar in Cameroon (Guarisma); Kiamu in Kenya, Shimaore and Shingazidja in Mayotte, and Gbanzili in the Central African Republic (Rombi); Badaga in India (Pilot-Raichoor); Zenaga and Hassaniya in Mauritania (Taine-Cheikh); Yemeni Arabic in Yemen (Naïm); Volow in Vanuatu (Vienne); and Hamea and Xârâgurè in New Caledonia (Moyse-Faurie). This project will allow these audio recordings to be digitized, archived, and made accessible to the public.
Primary investigator: Alexandre François