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Christopher Ryan Green
Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY 13244-0001)
Documentation and description of Jarawan languages

Research leading to publication of a grammar sketch, a lexicon, and narratives of three undocumented Jarawan languages (Mbat, Galamkya, and Duguri), a group of African Bantu languages.

This proposal seeks funds to support full-time research on Jarawan languages over Summers 2021 and 2022. These languages are essentially undocumented and represent a gap in the linguistic record. What little is known suggests they occupy a place that is intermediate between Narrow Bantu and Southern Bantoid, a longstanding point of divergence in the Bantu expansion from West-Central Africa. The project will focus on data collection and analysis of three Jarawan languages - Mbat (iso:bau), Galamkya, and Duguri (iso:dbm) - and will produce a grammar sketch, lexicon, and narratives aimed both at elucidating their place in the classificatory record and at providing a foundation for their maintenance and preservation. Materials produced will be stored in the Endangered Language Archive (ELAR)

Project fields:
African Studies; Linguistics

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships

Research Programs

$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 8/31/2022