Multimodal documentation of interactive speech in Kʷak'ʷala

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.

Kʷak'ʷala (ISO 639 kwk), indigenous to Northern Vancouver Island and the surrounding areas, is one of 4 Northern Wakashan languages spoken in British Columbia. It is severely endangered, with less than 150 elderly speakers remaining. This project will capture three dialects of K?ak'?ala speech in as many contexts as possible, among as many different participants as possible, using audio, video, still images, and time-aligned annotated transcription. By focusing on spontaneous interactive speech, we contribute to the corpus of documentation begun by Franz Boas and George Hunt in the early 20th century. Project outputs will contribute to language revitalization efforts and scholarly linguistic research. Primary investigator: Daisy Rosenblum

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Location: Canada, Northern America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of California, Santa Barbara Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £50,509.00 Commencement Date: 01/2008 Project Status: Active
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