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John M. Keegan
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar
Sara-Bagirmi Languages Database Project, part 2

Fieldwork and research to document and preserve Africa's endangered Sara-Bagirmi languages.

The Sara-Bagirmi languages form a group of approximately twenty-eight endangered African languages spoken in southern and central Chad and in northern Central African Republic. The goal of the current project is to expand the lexical data for these languages and make them available to Chadian readers, linguists, and internet users. The specific languages for study are Bagirmi (50,000 speakers), Kulfa (10,000), Na (50,000), Ngam (60,000), Laka (60,000), and Sar (183,000).  The data from all ongoing work will be made available on the Sara-Bagirmi Language Database website and by means of printed lexical texts that can be purchased from CreateSpace. (Edited by staff)

Project fields:

Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 6/30/2017