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.
Yakima (or Yakama) Sahaptin is a Penutian language spoken in central Washington State, USA. Only a handful of fluent speakers remain, although there is growing interest in teaching and preserving the language. The Yakima Language Documentation and Grammar project will result in a comprehensive grammar that will be a tool for community members working towards language preservation as well as for scholars. A variety of video and audio recordings covering different genre will inform the work and will provide a rich sampling of the actual sounds of the language as well as extended speech. Included with the grammar will be an audio CD so that individuals will have access to the sounds of the language and texts in their oral form, sample language lessons based on the grammar, and transcribed texts presented in both standard interlinear form and their complete Sahaptin form.
Primary investigator: Christine Beier