The indigenous languages that are spoken in Argentina
count among the least known and studied in South America. The objective of this
project is to document four indigenous languages spoken in the Chaco region of
Argentina. It aims to collect, process, and archive cultural and linguistic data
on the Mocoví (Guaycurú), Tapiete (Tupí-Guaraní), Vilela (Lule-Vilela) and Wichí
(Mataco-Mataguayo) in the form of lexicons; integrated, computerized, and
digitalized texts; ethnographic descriptions; and video documentaries.

The selection of the languages and the objectives stated
in our project are based on the following factors:

  • The degree of endangerment of the language,
  • The quantity and kind of existent documentation,
  • The commitment of the speakers to the future of their
  • The role that language plays in the culture.

This is a linguistic research project that incorporates
developments in anthropology. In this way, we take the theoretical and
linguistic perspective of field linguistics, highlighting the relevance of data
collection in situ, as well as the description of linguistic phenomena in
their production contexts.

The documentation activities are conducted by an
interdisciplinary team comprised of linguists, anthropologists, and media
experts, together with the active participation of the communities.

Expected results:

  • The production of lexicons and grammatical
  • The publication of texts,
  • The production of linguistic, ethnographic, and
    historical documents about the peoples under study,
  • The production of videos,
  • The production of didactic material,
  • The production of CDs of music collected in the field,
  • Workshops to teach the language, video, and art
    targeting the members of the communities,
  • Training of indigenous and non-indigenous research