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Contributions to the "Linguistic Survey of Nepal"

Work on Lohorung and Nepali Spoken Language
(VR- Swedish Research Links)

Jens Allwood, University of Gothenburg

Yogendra P Yadava, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu

This collaborative project between Sweden and Nepal has two main objectives. Both objectives will be pursued as a part of the ongoing Linguistic survey of Nepal.

  1. Documentation of an endangered language Lohorung and
  2. Completion, organization and description of features of the Nepali spoken language corpus.

1. Lohorung language documentation

The Lohorung language is a severely endangered language. Lohorung needs to be documented. The documentation, we are planning to do, is not meant only for preservation of the language in an archive but also for its revitalization and development. However, a precondition for this development is that there needs to be a documentation project as soon as possible. More specifically, we want to carry out both linguistic and cultural studies and to produce educational materials using mainly spoken language and graphics on the basis of the data.

2. Work on Nepali spoken language corpus

The University of Gothenburg and Tribhuwan University have earlier collaborated in the Nelralec project on the establishment of a spoken language corpus for Nepali. In the present project we propose to continue our joint work on this corpus. In the continued analysis, we will adapt the use of open source tools and computational tools from Gothenburg. The corpus is at a stage where it can be exploited for some initial papers carrying out analyses of Nepali spoken language or analyses of the relations between spoken and written language.

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