This project is recording and transcribing indigenous languages of Papua New Guinea, using voice recorders donated by Olympus. Papua New Guinea is home to over 800 languages, many with few remaining
speakers, and many with minimal linguistic documentation. The work is being done by university staff and students who speak the local languages.
We are collecting narratives, dialogues and songs for 100 languages, using the technique of "Basic Oral Language Documentation" (BOLD). Materials will be freely available for non-commercial use. The project was originally scheduled to run for one year, from 21 February 2010 (UNESCO International Mother Language Day), but was extended by a further year. Activities are continuing in 2012.
In collaboration with staff at the following institutions:
With sponsorship from: