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.
The project aims to produce a collection of digital sound and video recordings of Vogul language (they call themselves Mansi) as the result of three field trips to the eastern part of the Northern-Ural Mountains (Ivdel district). A small number of taiga hunter speakers lives there, and they still speak their own native language. All recordings taken from different aspects of language usage will be transcribed and annotated in detail. This project also aims to provide a comprehensive documentation of Mansi, and a collection of texts that will cover a wide variety of genres in discourse contexts.
Primary investigator: Gabor Szekely