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.
Completion of the documentation project on Talyshi, a North-Western Iranian language spoken along the Caspian coastline on the border between Iran and Azerbaijan. The project focuses on the dialects spoken in Iran. Its completion comprises the following key points:DOCUMENTATION & DESCRIPTION: a) expansion and revision of the annotated narrative corpus; b) further recording of narratives in obsolescent and undocumented dialects; c) elicitation of grammaticality judgments and elaboration of tests focused on argument marking and alignment variation.LANGUAGE PROMOTION: a) organization of a talk/workshop on Talyshi with the assistance of the Institute for the National Encyclopaedia and the Circle of the Talysh in Tehran; b) finalization of the MOU between SOAS and ICHHTO; c) further collaboration with native speakers interested in producing language materials.
Primary investigator: Gerardo De Caro