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 has three goals. Firstly, a sociolinguistic survey will be administered aiming to uncover the current state of the Tol language, spoken in Central Honduras. In 1990 the number of speakers was estimated at 250 , and no information exists as to later developments, such as the influence of the dominant contact language Spanish. Secondly, the language will be described and classified, filling out existing gaps left by earlier work. Finally, the foundations will be laid for an audio-visual speech corpus, and an attempt will be made to have speakers produce recordings on their own.
Primary investigator: Steffen Haurholm-Larsen