Vanishing voices from Ghana's "middle belt"

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.

he project documents endangered cultural and linguistic practices in Nterato and Mpur, which are at best remembered, and two cult languages still used in the Nawuri-speaking Balai community, one by women (Aleji) and another in prayers (name as yet unknown). All these languages are under linguistic and political pressure from Gonja and from cultural change. Historical relations among the communities are also a focus of interest. In each community the vitality of the language will be determined, and culturally significant texts will be documented, in the language where possible or in Gonja where it is not. Primary investigator: Mary Esther Dakubu

Project Details

Location: Ghana Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £9,824.00 Commencement Date: 01/2008
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