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.
This project will document Pingilapese, a language spoken by approximately 2,000 speakers mainly in the Federated States of Micronesia. To date there has been very little documentation of Pingilapese, apart from a brief grammar sketch by Good and Welley (1989). The language has no writing conventions and is in a fragile situation caused by the emigration of Pingilapese from their original homeland and by tremendous pressure from English (the national language) and Pohnpeian (the state language). From this project, practical materials - a description of the language and the literacy materials - will be developed.
Primary investigator: Ryoko Hattori