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Documentation of Chácobo-Pacahuara, southern Panoan languages of the northern Bolivian Amazon

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Language Chácobo
Depositor Adam Tallman
Affiliation University of Texas at Austin
Location Bolivia
Deposit ID 0371
Grant ID IGS0230
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online

 

Summary of the deposit

The project documents the Chácobo-Pacahuara languages, the only extant southern Panoan languages, spoken in the northern Bolivian Amazon in the department of Beni. Currently Chácobo and Pacahuara are considered dialects, but recent research has made this issue unclear. Estimates of the number of contemporary speakers vary between 800 and 1200. The vitality of the language is strong in remote areas, however, the interaction with surrounding regional economies has intensified resulting in a generation of children who are not learning the language in certain areas. Documentation of the language is thus urgent. The outcome of this project is around 50 hours of video and audio recordings, 10 hours of which are transcribed and translated in ELAN, and annotated in FLEX. It is the result of 3 field trips, totalling 18 months in the field. The main output is an extensive documentary corpus and a fairly comprehensive reference grammar of the language.

 

Group represented

Chácobo, Pacahuara

 

Acknowledgement and citation

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

Tallman, Adam. 2014. Documentation of Chácobo, a language of the northern Bolivian Amazon. London: SOAS University of London, Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/2196/00-0000-0000-0007-69A3-9. Accessed on [insert date here].

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