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]).


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

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