Farming, food and yam: language and cultural practices among Ikaan speakers

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.

Ikaan, a dialect of Ukaan, is spoken in two villages in south-western Nigeria. This project will investigate phonetic and phonological variation among speakers based on a documentation of language around, knowledge of and practices in food, food production and farming, with a special focus on the New Yam Festival. Data will be collected by a linguist, a visual anthropologist and community members themselves. Project outputs include an annotated audiovisual documentation corpus with data from a wide range of speakers, but also an anthropological visual map and a series of short documentary films around the festival. Primary investigator: Sophie Salffner

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Location: Nigeria, Western Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): SOAS, University of London Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £117,618.00 Commencement Date: 01/2007
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