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Publications

Materials for Speaker Community

Krim primer and A Bom primer (working titles, in preparation). Both of these are primary readers designed and illustrated by Research Assistant Hannah Sarvasy.

Their function is to provide speakers and non-speakers alike with a tool for attaining literacy in the Kim and Bom languages. Much of the readers’ content was drawn from stories provided by speakers recorded by the project.


Scholarly Publications

2009. African cases of language contact and language death. The Handbook of Language Contact, ed. by Raymond Hickey. In press. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. (Submitted Jan 2008)

2008. Language death in West Africa among the Atlantic Group of Niger-Congo. West African Research Association Newsletter, Spring: 1, 14.


Presentations

2009a. La documentation de Mani, une langue en danger de disparaitre. Interview forming part of Forum Africain, a Voice of America television and radio program broadcast in Francophone Africa. April 17, 2009.

2009b. Endangered languages: saving voices before they are lost. Panel discussion produced by Voice of America, Washington, DC, June 9, 2009. http://www.voanews.com/english/Endangered_Languages.cfm (accessed 4 July 09)

2009c. How to pretend you speak a dying language when you don’t really know how to: methodological worries in documenting dying languages. Invited paper to be presented at WOCAL 6 (Cologne, Germany), August 17-21, 2009.

2008. The Mande and Atlantic Groups of Niger-Congo: Prolonged contact with asymmetrical consequences. Keynote address delivered to the EU Workshop “Documenting convergence and diversity – Mande and Atlantic languages in contact”, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, September 6-9 2008.

2007a. Endangered languages of West Africa: What can be salvaged? Africa Table Lecture Series, African Studies, Oct. 3, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

2007b. The ethics of documenting dying languages: failures, successes, and prospects in coastal Guinea and Sierra Leone. Field Data Group, 3 Oct. University of California, Berkeley, CA.

2007c. Documenting Kim and Bom, two dying languages of the southern coast of Sierra Leone. Invited paper forming part of “Endangered Languages in Africa, What can be done?”, ACAL 38, 22-25 March, University of Florida, Gainesville.

2007d. Genetic unity, typology, and proximity: Tone, accent and other prosodic phenomena in the Atlantic Group. Invited paper delivered at an international workshop “The Atlantic Languages: Genetic or Typological Unit?”, Feb 17-18, University of Hamburg, Asien-Afrika-Institut (AAI).

2007e. Trade, Islam, and militarism: Contact phenomena and language death in the Atlantic Group. Invited paper delivered at an international workshop “The Atlantic Languages: Genetic or Typological Unit?”, Feb 17-18, University of Hamburg, Asien-Afrika-Institut (AAI).

2007f. What happens to class when a language dies? Language change vs. language death. Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 38), University of Florida, Gainesville, 22-25 March.

2006a. The loss of linguistic and biological diversity: Endangered languages of coastal West Africa. Paper presented to the Nature Conservancy, Boston, MA. July 7.

2006b. Dying languages in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The Mani Documentation Project. Paper presented to the Student Organization of Applied Linguistics (SOAL), Portland State University, Portland, OR. May 10.

2006c. Don't over expect! Documenting a dying language among the mangroves of West Africa. Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 37), April 6-9, University of Oregon, Eugene.

2006d. The dying languages of Sierra Leone: Mani, Kim, and Bom. Paper presented to the US Embassy, Freetown, Sierra Leone; March 16.