Pilot project for Koegu, a highly endangered language of the Lower Omo Valley, Southwestern Ethiopia

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.

Koegu is a highly endangered language spoken in the rift valley of south-western Ethiopia. The overall aim of this project is to do a survey on the last surviving speakers of Koegu living amongst the Kara, Bume, Mursi and Bodi and to assess the feasibility of a larger project. The specific objectives are to make a census of surviving speakers, collect basic ethnographic information and make multimedia recordings of people, events and ceremonies. Since the Koegu are amongst the last surviving hunter-gatherers in the region, the documentation will contribute to the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Koegu. Primary investigator: Moges Yigezu Woube

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Location: Ethiopia, Eastern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Addis Ababa University Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £5,460.00 Commencement Date: 01/2002
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