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FYI: Appeal for Research Help: Endangered Languages


Author: Roger Blench

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

FYI Body: Those of us who work regularly with endangered languages are often
frustrated at the gap between the rhetoric of institutions said to be
interested in this area and the reality on the ground. Following the
Third West Kainji Languages Workshop in Kontagora, March 5-7th
2012, we thought it would be useful to broadcast direct appeals from
speakers of such languages for help with research and development.
These can be seen at;

Wuri http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=372PkwyyMu8&feature=related

Shuba http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=tdmF_RTum2w&feature=related

Timiin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0XAqIsitkw&feature=related

Kambari http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs5mhnbhlxs

The first three are previously unrecorded and undocumented
languages. The Kambari video introduces the literacy project for the
TsiShingini language, which would also benefit from further work. If you
believe you have resources and expertise to help these communities,
please get in touch with Roger Blench, Kay Williamson Educational
Foundation at rogerblench@yahoo.co.uk

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