Archive for the ‘surveys’ Category

Dissertation on Ndengeleko, a low-prestige language

23 April 2013

Last month Eva-Marie Ström published her doctoral dissertation titled “The Ndengeleko Language of Tanzania.”

Covering everything from the Ndengeleko people, an attitudinal survey, phonology and grammar, the dissertation is the first description of Ndengeleko (ndg).

Ström’s estimate of the number of speakers is 72,000, down from the 2000 estimate cited by the Ethnologue of 110,000. Due to factors such as the low-prestige status of Ndengleko and lack of economic benefits that speaking the language brings, Ström believes the language to be in danger of disappearing in a few generations.

See also “Endangered African language explored” for a summary of the language and her work.

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News in Brief: Language Surveys, Australia and the Torres Strait Languages, Yiddish Documentation

3 March 2011

A survey project is implementing two surveys on endangered languages, one concerning language and technology, the other about everyday use. The project appears to be a collaboration between professors at the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne and the Universidad de Puerto Rico. According to the initial page, the survey will be kept online indefinitely, with the results added to a website.

David Nathan has a site filled with resources for the languages of Australia and Torres Strait. Although some links are outdated, one leads to the AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database, which is filled with information, including alternative names for peoples of Australia. Another leads to the Federation of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Languages & Culture, with lots of information and resources. Another link leads to music in Gumatj (gnn) on the Yothu Yindi website. Lots to explore here!

In addition to many other materials, EYDES or Evidence of Yiddish (yid) Documented in European Societies has a collection of some 6000 hours of tape recordings as part of their Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry. The project also has a Yiddish course (taught in German).