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.
Mewahang, an oral Tibeto-Burman language, has approximately 900 remaining speakers living in the remote and isolated villages of the Sankhuwasabha district of eastern Nepal. This project aims to describe morphosyntax of the langauge and document rapidly disappearing cultural knowledge, unique oral tradition, recipes and shamanistic practices, which otherwise would be lost.The outcomes of this project will be a monograph, peer-reviewed linguistic papers on morphosyntactic investigations, and rich transcribed, translated and annotated audio-video corpus. The research crucially will shed light on Tibeto-Burman linguistics and typological studies of languages, which promises to be a contribution to Tibeto-Burman and theoretical linguistics.
Primary investigator: Narayan Sharma