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.
Language: Waima/Roro/Paitana (3 main dialects)The project, located in Kairuku District, Central Province, Papua New Guinea, is making available, in modern form, the rich and detailed information originally documented by MSC missionaries from 1898 onwards, focussing on a particular collection by Fr. Paolo Coluccia dated 1939. Original documents are inaccessible to the 12,000-15,000 modern speakers because they are not only fragile, but explained in French, which is no longer spoken in the area. Phase 1 of the project established working procedures and processed approximately 2,000 entries. Phase 2 will complete an approximate additional 5,000 entries and publish the work.
Primary investigator: Colleen Hattersley