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.
Ajumbu and Mungbam are two neighboring endangered Bantoid languages spoken in Lower Fungom, one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the Cameroonian Grassfields. The documentation of oral histories and verbal art performances aims to gain insights on the social causes favoring the maintenance of small languages in highly multilingual environments. This project is expected to promote innovation in the methods and research tools used in the study of linguistic diversity and in developing initiatives aimed at language preservation in West Africa.
Primary investigator: Pierpaolo Di Carlo