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 targets tapes in a number of languages of Vanuatu, made by a range of people over the past 50 years and deposited with the Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta. Very few recordings have been made for most of the 130 languages of Vanuatu, and the VKS collection includes unique records made both by local and visiting researchers. For example: Sperlich's 28 Namakir tapes, made in the 1980s and similarly Facey's 17 Nguna tapes are the sole analog versions of these recordings made in the 1970s. Other recordings came out of the remarkable fieldworker program for which Vanuatu is famous.
Primary investigator: Nick Thieberger