Telling and Re-telling: documenting Longgu (an Oceanic language of the Solomon Islands) folkloric stories and procedural narratives over time

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 documents folkloric stories and procedural texts of the Longgu (ISO 639-3: lgu) people (1,890 speakers), Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands (/199.64, 169.78). These texts augment legacy data covering the same content and genre, providing a longitudinal study of an Oceanic language. The texts preserve cultural knowledge related to the five Longgu clans, and relate to the cultural practice of learning about kinship through giving and receiving food. The texts will be used to develop materials, including a thematic dictionary on weaving, for use in schools as the Solomon Islands moves to the use of local languages in education (from 2012). Primary investigator: Deborah Hill

Project Details


Location: Solomon Islands, Melanesia, Oceania Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of Canberra Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £7,687.00 Commencement Date: 01/2008
Project owner? Update this project



Related Projects

2 0022 rz

The Biobio Legacy: Mapuche-Pehuenche Organizing and Resistance in Chile

Throughout the 1990’s to the early 2000’s, the indigenous Mapuche-Pehuenche community of Chile organized against plans to build hydroelectric dams in the historical BioBio Riv…

Explore project
MEAP UCLA

Preserving and publishing the largest Afro-Uruguayan multi-media archive

The Black community in Uruguay was persecuted and evicted from their historic neighborhoods in Montevideo during the 1973-1984 dictatorship. These archives represent the acts …

Explore project
MEAP UCLA

Memory of Brazil's Landless Rural Workers Movement - MST

The Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) archive provides a unique perspective on the formation and operation of civil society movements. This archive preserves the organizat…

Explore project