A pilot study on the documentation of the Lokoya language

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.

The Lokoya language is spoken by around 12,000 people in South Sudan and is considered threatened due to language shift and population displacement. Very little documentation has been carried out on this language. This project will undertake initial documentation work with speakers living in Melbourne and in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and will record a range of conversations, traditional stories and songs. It will investigate the current status of the language and examine the feasibility of carrying out a major documentation project for the language. Primary investigator: Jonathan Moodie

Project Details


Location: Sudan, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Research Unit for Indigenous Languages, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £8,795.00 Commencement Date: 01/2015 Project Status: Active
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