Endangered Languages Documentation
Waorani language in Amazonian Ecuador
Funded by a grant from the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) at SOAS, this is a collaborative research project with linguist Dr. Connie Dickinson and indigenous people in Amazonian Ecuador that aims to document the indigenous Warani Language language through video recordings, transcription and translation. One of our aims is to create a preliminary lexical database and grammatical sketch of this unclassified language, while at the same time training Waorani language consultants in video and language documentation. The project involves collaboration with the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador (FLACSO), Ecuador’s primary research centre for the social sciences, which has agreed to house the videos in Ecuador based on formal agreements between the speakers, language consultants and primary researchers involved in the project. The spirit of the project is to explore collaborations between anthropology and linguistics, as well as to locate contexts in which ethnographic and linguistic research can be carried out in collaboration with local communities, with the aim of creating research that will have an impact both locally and in the international research community.