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John M. Keegan
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar (Sunnyvale, CA 94086-4915)

Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages - Fellowships
Research Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015

Sara-Bagirmi Languages Database Project

The Sara-Bagimi Languages form a group of approximately 29 languages of the Bongo-Bagimi grouping of the Central-Sudanic branch of Nilo-Saharan. They are spoken primarily in southern and central Chad. This project is an expansion of the Sara Languages Database projects (NEH grants FN50074-10 and FN50104-12). The framework for the organization, storage, and distribution of the data has been established through these projects. This project focuses on four languages: the work on Bagirmi and Kulfa, involves creation of lexicons with sample sentences and recordings. The work on Na and Nangnda, involves expanding lexicons to produce dictionaries. Each of the dictionaries will also include sample sentences and recordings. Collaborators for the fieldwork in Chad have already been identified. Grant products will be printed for distribution by language promotion organizations in Chad and copies will be donated to educational institutions in Chad and made available to interested linguists. There also will be a DVD version, and all materials will be available on the project website. The data will be archived at existing major language archives: the Endangered Languages Archive (London) and at Living Tongues (Portland, Oregon). (Edited by staff)