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.
Mangetti Dune !Xung is a member of the Northern Branch of the Juu subgroup of the Ju-+Hoan family spoken in northeastern Namibia and in Schmittsdrift, South Africa. The language was originally spoken in Angola, but speakers fled Angola during the civil war. There are approximately 500 speakers of M. D. !Xung in the Tsumkwe west area of the Otjizondjupa region, in Omataku, M'Kata and Mangetti Dune. The Namibian areas are multi-ethnic, with speakers of RuuKwangali, Otjiherero, Khoekhoe, and Mangetti Dune !Xung. This project seeks to create a video and text documentation of the language using the BOLD method of documentation.
Primary investigator: Amanda Miller