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.
Abesabesi - often referred to as Akpes in literature - is a minority language spoken by approximately 10000 people in South-Western Nigeria. A gradual shift towards the regional lingua franca Yoruba is favored by rapid urbanization and unfavorable language attitudes. This project will be based in a town called Ikaramu (Ondo State) to document the language and create an audio-visual corpus with time-aligned transcriptions. The corpus will feed into an electronic reference grammar of the Abesabesi language, which will be developed as a case study.
Primary investigator: Jonas Lau