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University of Florida (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Frank Seidel (Project Director: January 2013 to December 2015)
Documentation of Baga Mandori (Atlantic, Niger-Congo) (ISO 639-3:bmd)

The documentation of Baga Mandori, a language spoken in the Basse-Côte region of Guinea-Conakry in West Africa, through the compilation of a trilingual dictionary (Baga Mandori-English-French), the development of a small corpus of texts and a grammatical outline, and the training of community members in linguistic documentation techniques.

(edited by staff) This project will deliver the first in-depth linguistic documentation of any of the Baga languages spoken in the Basse-Côte region of Guinea-Conakry, West Africa. Baga Mandori (also Baga Ma(n)duri), the focus of this project, belongs to the Atlantic (Niger-Congo phylum) group of languages and is part of the Mel cluster. Baga Mandori represents one of the two linguistic communities-the other being Baga Sitemu-that still use a Baga variety in intra-communal communication to some degree. The language is, however, under strong pressure by Soso, a Mande language and the dominant lingua franca of the region, and first signs of failing language transmission between generations have been noted. The project will combine linguistic documentation with visual anthropology and community training and participation. Linguistic documentation will be in the form of a trilingual dictionary (Baga Mandori-English-French), an extensive grammatical outline, an orthography, and annotated and transcribed audiovisual material from a variety of linguistic genres. Furthermore, a set of ethnographic documentary films using Baga Mandori as the main language will be produced together with the community and integrated into the linguistic documentation. Lastly, the project aims to train a team of community members from a remote African language community to produce good quality audio recordings and transcription in order to empower them to provide their own documentary materials and thus contribute their own vision to the project.

Project fields:

Documenting Endangered Languages - Preservation

Preservation and Access

$247,873 (approved)
$205,403 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2013 – 9/30/2015