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.
Yei is a Yam family language spoken in the Merauke region of Papua, Indonesia. It is spoken by several hundred people who live in seven villages in the border region between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Yei’s key position as a primary branch of the Yam family makes it the crucial next step in unlocking the linguistic history of this region. The project will involve pan-dialectal documentation from all seven villages resulting in an audio-visual corpus, a general dictionary, three specialised lexicons and a collection of texts compiled into a single volume curated by the community.
Primary investigator: Matthew Carroll