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 projects aims at collecting a corpus of oral texts in Kushi (639-3 kuh, kush1236), a West Chadic language spoken in Nigeria on the north-eastern fringes of the Muri mountains (lat 9.592735 lon 11.188038). The language is spoken by about 11,000 people in the so-called 'Kushi village area'. In the last few decades the areal dominance of Hausa has been deeply affecting the intergenerational transmission of the language. This project follows a description-oriented fieldwork started in 2017. Among the outcomes of the documentation, a practical Kushi-Hausa-English dictionary for the community will be produced.
Primary investigator: Gian Claudio Batic