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.
This documentation of Guljjolaay Eegimaa (an Atlantic language of Southern Senegal) aims at providing a representative digital corpus of audio and video data of 30 hours transcribed, annotated and translated, and a dictionary of 4000 words. It will focus on vanishing linguistic and cultural aspects, such as mourning, rice growing etc., which are central to the religion and the way of life of the Gu?jjolaay Eegimaa and reflected in linguistic structure, e.g. in the verbal classification system. This documentation will provide the material for linguistic and possibly interdisciplinary research, and also tools for a larger project of revitalisation of the language.
Primary investigator: Serge Sagna