Documentation of Kushi, a Chadic language of northern 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.

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

Project Details

Location: Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of Naples - Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £9,153.00 Commencement Date: 01/2015 Project Status: Active
Project owner? Update this project

Related Projects

EAP1402 Pub003

19th-century documents from the Peruvian asylum el Manicomio del Cercado

The Victor Larco Herrera Hospital in the centre of Lima, Peru, was closed in 1917. Its archives, dating back to 1859, consist of medical documentation as well as administrativ…

Explore project
EAP1306 Silk Museum

The Caucasian Silk Circle: Digitising Photo Collection of the State Silk Museum in Georgia

The State Silk Museum of Georgia holds the only documentary evidence of the practice of sericulture in the 19th century. Taken during expeditions of the Caucasian Sericulture …

Explore project
EAP1294 team

Safeguarding for Posterity Two Private Collections of Palm-Leaf Manuscripts from the Tamil Country

The Kalliṭaikuṟicci and Villiyampākkam collections are palm-leaf collections held privately in India. The collections are essential to study the prevalent reading practices in…

Explore project