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 deliver a detailed account of the morphosyntax of the Maleku language as well as the internal variation among the major two dialects, while documenting the rich oral tradition of these communities. It is meant as a continuation of the previous 1-year project, in which a first oral corpus from different kinds of speakers in different linguistic settings was collected and some cultural and linguistic aspects yet to be described and documented were identified. Special consideration is given to traditions and places which the Maleku community has explicitly requested to be documented.
Primary investigator: Roberto Herrera Miranda