Description and documentation of the Kakabe 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.

Kakabe (kke) is a little known Mande language, spoken in Guinea, Fouta-Jallon (4100 speakers according to ethnologue). Its future is severely threatened by the increasing use of Pular. The project aims to produce a representative corpus of annotated texts (audio and video), a reference grammar and two dictionaries (Kakabe-English and Kakabe-French). It will also involve the development of written standards for the language, and the preparation of texts that will be made accessible to the community. The project will be conducted within the framework of my PhD programme in Field Linguistics. Primary investigator: Alexandra Vydrina

Project Details

Location: Guinea Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): CNRS - Langage, langues et cultures d'Afrique noire (LLACAN - UMR 8135), Paris Villejuif Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £62,536.00 Commencement Date: 01/2009
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