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Documentation of Gújjolaay Eegimaa (Basse-Casamance – Southern Senegal)

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Language Gújjolaay Eegimaa
Depositor Serge Sagna
Affiliation University of Surrey
Location Senegal
Collection ID 0113
Grant ID FTG0021
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online
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Summary of the collection

This documentation of Gújjolaay Eegimaa (an Atlantic language of Southern Senegal) aims at providing a representative digital corpus of audio and video data of 30 hours transcribed, annotated and translated, and a dictionary of 4000 words. It focuses on vanishing linguistic and cultural aspects, such as mourning, rice growing etc., which are central to the religion and the way of life of the Gújjolaay Eegimaa and reflected in linguistic structure, e.g. in the verbal classification system. This documentation provides the material for linguistic and possibly interdisciplinary research, and also tools for a larger project of revitalisation of the language.


Group represented

Jóola people from Mof-Ávvi


Language information

Gújjolaay Eegimaa (also known as Banjal/Gubanjalay; Gúllaay; Gussilay (also Gusiilaay))


Special characteristics

This is a fully monolingual documentation (excluding instances of code switching). The recordings contain highly endangered cultural and linguistic practices which have already disappeared in many other Jóola communities in Senegal.

The aim is for most files to be open access.


Collection contents

This collection contains over 100 pictures, 91 audio files and 12 video files of Gújjolaay Eegimaa linguistic and cultural material. The recordings include conversations, narratives, rituals etc., and monlingual interviews on various aspects of speakers’ life. Photos include pictures of consultants, objects, artifacts and pictures of various cultural events. A number of recordings are restricted, though only temporarily for some.


Collection history

The time span of the collection is between 2003-2009 and 2013-2015.


Acknowledgement and citation

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Sagna, Serge. 2011. The documentation of Gújjolaay Eegimaa: an archive of language and cultural material from the Jóola people of Mof Ávvi (Southern Senegal). Endangered Languages Archive.  Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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