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 aim of the field trip is to collect data that will extend the existing Mawng dictionary shoebox database. Some of the data collected will take the form of both texts recorded in order to collect data about obsolescing traditional practices. Other data will involve the identification of flora and fauna in consultation with a botanist and the recording of their Mawng names. Mawng speakers have indicated that the expansion of the existing Mawng dictionary database is the task of highest priority to the community in the area of language documentation