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Pite Saami: documenting the language and culture

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Language Pite Saami
Depositor Joshua Wilbur
Affiliation Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Location Sweden
Collection ID 0053
Grant ID IGS0070, IPF0192
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online
Landing Page Handle


Summary of the collection

This collection documents Pite Saami, spoken in Arjeplog municipality, Sweden. It results from on-going fieldwork conducted in Sweden beginning in July 2008.

The documentation currently consists of 15 collections of materials, each one including audio and video files, transcriptions and metadata.

Topics include reindeer, winter, handicrafts, agriculture and fishing.


Group represented

Pite Saami


Language information

The language documented is Pite Saami/Sámi/Sami/Lapp (also known as Arjeplog Saami; endonym: sámegiella; ISO: sje); archived files contain translations in English and Swedish and commentary and glosses in English.


Collection contents

Note: The amount of recordings and supplementary materials in this collection will increase significantly once the new archive structure has been implemented for ELAR, hopefully in the very near future!

Access is open to some components, e.g. Collection 1 and Collection 4; for other parts, access to the audio/video recordings and transcriptions requires a researcher or community member role.

Viewing the transcription files (.eaf) with audio/video requires downloading and installing the ELAN program (freeware).

See also the following publicly accessible websites for more examples of the depositor’s work on Pite Saami:

A preliminary Pite Saami – Swedish/Norwegian/English wordlist created by local language activists can be found at:


Acknowledgement and citation

Users of any part of the collection should cite Joshua Wilbur as the collector, ELDP as the funder, and the individual speakers, by name, whose words and/or images are used.

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Wilbur, Joshua. 2009. Pite Saami: documenting the language and culture. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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