Documentation and Grammatical Description of Komo

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 project aims to collect an audio-visual corpus of oral genres of Komo (ISO 639-3: xom), a Nilo-Saharan language in Ethiopia and Sudan spoken by about 11,000 people. The Geographical reference of Komo is 9.339817 Latitude and 34.24216 Longitude. People’s movement due to resettlement program, instability, and contact with dominant languages is leading the loss of oral genres such as folktales, riddles, and other linguistic resources. It will serve the community to re-energise and maintain the use of these genres in the socialization of children and it will also serve as a resource to be exploited for my PhD thesis. Primary investigator: Tesfaye Negash Bayou

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Location: Ethiopia, Eastern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Addis Ababa University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £5,241.00 Commencement Date: 01/2009
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