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.
Ecuadorian highland Quichua is a distinct Quechuan language unique to the Ecuadorian Andes, unintelligible with any other language in the Quechuan family. It is currently undergoing rapid shift to Spanish. Starting with a recently-concluded one-year publicly funded project, a team of twelve native speakers began the first ever large-scale documentation project of this language. This project proposes building on this work by taking advantage of this highly experienced, skilled and productive team to continue documentation work for an additional two years, increasing the scope of the project to address the most urgent documentation needs of communities in the region.
Primary investigator: Simeon Floyd