|Affiliation||SOAS University of London|
|Collection Status||Collection online|
Summary of the deposit
This deposit consists of electronic wordlists collected, with considerable difficulty, from four ‘rememberers’ of Damakawa. All of the words should be considered suspect, and there seems to be a lot of contamination from the surrounding languages (especially Cicipu and Tsuva’di).
The deposit also includes audio recordings of two of three elicitation sessions (in Hausa), although these are not linked to the lexicon at present. In addition, the following resources are included:
- photographs of most of the contributors
- GPS coordinates and a map showing the location of Damakawa
- complete set of Toolbox files for the project
Damakawa is (2008) a moribund West Kainji language spoken in two or three villages between Dirindaji and Makuku in Sakaba LGA, Kebbi State, Nigeria. The Damakawa are an ethnic group of about 500-1000 people, but the language is no longer spoken. There are a handful of ‘rememberers’.
Damakawa remained unknown to linguists until 2008. This is therefore the only record of the language (as of September 2009).
Acknowledgement and citation
To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:
McGill, Stuart. 2010. Damakawa wordlist. London: SOAS University of London, Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/2196/00-0000-0000-0001-8CDB-D. Accessed on [insert date here].