Documentation of Ubang Gender Diglossia

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.

Ubang [ISO 639-3 uba] is a Cross River, Bendi language spoken by 11,100 natives of Obudu, Cross-River State, Nigeria (SIL, 2013). It has an exotic gender-based diglossia whereby females and males use different words to refer to the same basic concept and thing. Ubang, however, is as endangered by diminishing number of speakers - due to occupational emigration and language contact, as by receding gender diglossia resulting from ceasing intergenerational transfer. This project aims to document Ubang’s disappearing natural diglossic conversations, folktales and cultural rites of passage to be annotated, archived, analysed and reported as tonal grammar and cultural dictionary. Primary investigator: Demola Lewis

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Location: Nigeria Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): University of Ibadan Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £10,000.00 Commencement Date: 01/2013 Project Status: Active
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