Variation in the TMA system of Bastimentos Creole English, Panama

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 aims, on the one hand, to compile a rich set of digitally recorded speech acts (audio and video), as well as texts and stills, reflecting sociocultural life typical of the 600 speakers of the Creole community of Bastimentos Island, Panama, Central America, whilst on the other hand, to provide a sketch grammar with an in-depth descriptive analysis of TMA markers and their permissible combinations, accounting for syntactic variables, sociolinguistic variation, pragmatic/stylistic information, and possible internal change independent of the creole continuum. Primary investigator: Heidi Elisabeth Reid

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Location: Panama, Panama, Central America, Americas Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of Manchester Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £8,829.00 Commencement Date: 01/2008
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