Documentation of Goemai, a West Chadic language of Central Nigeria

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.

Goemai language is a West Chadic language spoken in Central Nigeria. The project will complie a corpus, a reference grammar, a dictionary and an annotated text corpus. The grammatical analysis will be set within the typological framework known as 'basic linguistic theory', thereby making it accessible to non-linguists as well as linguists of different theoretical backgrounds. The dictionary will include definitions (in English and the regional lingua franca Hausa), grammatical information, information on dialect variation and examples. The text corpus will contain recordings of a variety of genres and cultural contexts. All recordings will be annotated (providing transcriptions, grammatical information and translations), and the annotations will be linked to the time axis of digitised audio or video files. Furthermore, all data will be accompanied by metadata descriptions (detailing information about, e.g., the content), so as to make the structure of the corpus transparent to all interested parties. Primary investigator: Birgit Hellwig

Project Details


Location: Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): SOAS University of London (with placement at RCLT) Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £60,784.00 Commencement Date: 01/1999
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