Project Structure and Main Goals

The core objective is to provide audiovisual documentation of language practice with rich linguistic and ethnographic annotation. The project is subdivided into three areas, with the following responsibilities:

Linguistics Ethnography Language Acquisition
Balthasar Bickel, Noval Kishor Rai & Vishnu Singh Rai Martin Gaenszle &
Judith Pettigrew
Sabine Stoll & Elena Lieven

The Linguistics and Ethnography areas are research foci in both the Chintang and Puma fieldsites. Language Acquisition is studied in the Chintang site only. For more information on the three areas, click on the links in the table above.

The general coordinator and grant administrator is Balthasar Bickel

The project is administred by the Department of Linguistics at the University of Leipzig and it is a member of the LINSUN iniative that was launched by the Department of Linguistics a Tribhuvan University Kathmandu in 2002. The linguistics departments of the two universities cooperate systematically within the framework of Memorandum of Understanding. Our project also cooperates with the Centre for Nepal and Asia Studies at Tribhuvan University (in fact, our office is located at the Centre) and in Leipzig with the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

The following graphic shows the formal cooperation structure of CPDP.

Formal cooperation structure of CPDP
Formal cooperation structure of CPDP

U. Leipzig - University of Leipzig Department of Linguistics

TU - Tribhuvan University

MPI - Max Planck Institut for Evolutionary Anthropology

LINSUN - Linguistic Survey of Nepal

CNAS - Center for Nepal and Asian Studies

DOBES - Dokumentation Bedrohter Sprachen (Documentation of Endangered Languages)

VW - (Volkswagen Stiftung (Volkswagen Foundation)