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.
Surel and Sunwar are closely related, threatened Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in different regions of Eastern Nepal. This project will produce books and audio-CDs with Surel and Sunwar texts with introductions, glosses and translations into English and Nepali. The project will provide both language communities with locally easily accessible material to study the languages. A comparative study of these languages, that historically were in close contact, will further our knowledge of the local linguistic and general history.
Primary investigator: Dorte Borchers