A documentation of the remnant Baka-Gundi language Limassa

The Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) provides grants worldwide to for the linguistic documentation of endangered language and knowledge. Grantees create multimedia collection of endangered languages. These collections are preserved and made freely available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) housed at the library of SOAS University of London.

This project aims at documenting Limassa, a language of the Baka-Gundi branch of the Mundu-Baka family (Ubangi), spoken in mainly Bomassa on the Sangha River in the north of the Republic of the Congo. In being the only securely known non-pygmy variety in the branch, Limassa may be the direct source of the Baka pygmy language complex. Limassa is undescribed; only three small vocabularies exist. It has always had few speakers. The central goal of this project is a thorough linguistic study aiming at an extensive and diverse data corpus. Primary investigator: Benedikt Winkhart

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Location: Congo, Western Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £8,410.00 Commencement Date: 01/2012 Project Status: Active
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