Documentation and revitalization of Tofa: fieldwork with the last speakers

Documentation and revitalization of Tofa: fieldwork with the last speakers

Language: Tofa (ISO639-3:kim)
Depositor: Arzhaana Syuryun
Location: Russian Federation
Deposit Id: 0478
Grant id: SG0477
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit

Group represented
Speakers of Tofa in Irkutsk Oblast

Language information
The Tofa language is a critically endangered South Siberian Turkic language spoken in three remote villages on the eastern Sayan mountains in Irkutsk Oblast (5 full speakers over 70)

Special characteristics
There are only 5 full speakers of Tofa and approximately 10 rememberers. The aim of the project is to document as much data as possible to create a corpus of Tofa language with the last speakers who are over 70 and develop an audio phrasebook and audio dictionary for the community to maintain their language and prevent the language loss.

Deposit contents
Audio and video files on Tofa with transcription and annotation, a corpus of Tofa language based on fieldwork

Deposit history

Other information
None of the data in this collection may be used as evidence in court.

Acknowledgement and citation
Users of any part of the collection should acknowledge Arzhaana Syuryun as the principal investigator, the data collector and the researcher. Users should also acknowledge the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) as the funder of the project. Individual speakers whose words and/or images are used should be acknowledged by respective name(s). Any other contributor who has collected, transcribed or translated the data or was involved in any other way should be acknowledged by name. All information on contributors is available in the metadata. To refer to any data from the corpus, please cite as follows: Syuryun, Arzhaana. 2017. Documentation and revitalization of Tofa: fieldwork with the last speakers. ID: Tofa[insert ID number here]. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive, ELAR. URL: (accessed on [insert date here]).


Collection online
Resources online and curated


Arzhaana Syuryun
Affiliation: Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2019 March 24 to 2019 March 24
Deposit hits:1
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The video recording in the village talking about the villagers, their occupation. C1 was the only possible speaker who could devote his time and walk freely. There are two videos.

Recorded on: 2018-04-23

After the session based on short stories the consultant was asked to tell a story Videos are extracts of the session, audio is a full version The consultant uses the story about a hare, a bear, an elk

Recorded on: 2018-04-12

Story based on pictures Consists of main audio and two video files of the same session

Recorded on: 2018-04-12

The consultant's story about his working life

Recorded on: 2018-04-25

I asked the consultant to tell about his life

Recorded on: 2018-04-24

The session contains 1 audio as a base sound and 4 videos. In the first part the consultant tells a story based on a children's book, second part is the narration of the story without the book, the third part is a tale he was asked to tell. The story of the third part seems like a combination of the life story with a "stone age" events. Audio .eaf files are tofa1-009-a, tofa1-009-b all the others are video recordings.

Recorded on: 2018-04-25

Work on the phrasebook material, translations from Tofa into Russian

Recorded on: 2018-04-24

Two consultants are discussing different topics, C1 often switches into Russian, C2 tries to correct him and keep the conversation in Tofa. The recordings were made in a local school, the only place where I could arrange the meeting

Recorded on: 2018-04-23

The consultant is introducing specific Tofa names she knew, different from the names given today. She recollects the names, the people and their lives. The recording took place in the consultant's daughter's house and her grand-daughter's voice is heard.

Recorded on: 2018-04-15

Story based on pictures, some discussions on Tofa people's life, discussing greetings for phrasebook

Recorded on: 2018-04-13