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 Bedik are an ethnic minority comprising about 3828 inhabitants living in villages on the mountains of eastern Senegal. Bedik is classified as a member of the Tenda group within the Niger-Congo language family. The main goal of the project is a documentation of Bedik, as the Bedik community would like to preserve and document their language and culture, by creating a collection of annotated texts based on recordings of speech in various genres and cultural contexts, and a first dictionary of around 3000 entries.
Primary investigator: Adjaratou Sall