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.
Len– Mambila (ISO 639-3 mzk) is a North-Bantoid language spoken in Bang, Taraba, Nigeria. It is a minority member of a continuum of languages with diminishing speakers (totaling 100,000) in pockets of remote villages. Due to war, migration and Fulani nomadic influence, Len speakers are shifting to Fulfulde, resulting in a progressive loss of cultural and linguistic heritage. Save for their use of fricative vowels, little is known about Len language and culture; and they do practice and exquisite but under-reported sister-exchange-marriage system. Hence, this project will holistically capture and archive linguistic and anthropological aspects of Len-Mambila for continuing scholarship.
Primary investigator: Bukunmi Ogunsola