Sakun (Sukur) Language Documentation Project
Michael Thomas, University of Colorado, Boulder
Individual Graduate Studentship. Duration: 2010-2011. £29,993
The Sakun (Sukur) Language Documentation Project will provide a discourse-based corpus of
an endangered and undocumented language of the Mandara mountains, Nigeria.
Sakun is spoken by approximately 15,000 people. Since the enlistment of Sukur in 1999 as a
UNESCO Cultural Landscape, the increased contact following infrastructure development has
caused Sakun to give way to Hausa in a number of domains.
Working with local stakeholders, this project will assemble a corpus that captures a broad
range of cultural practices identified as important by the community, and provide the
foundation for a grammar, dictionary and pedagogical materials to support the community’s
own efforts at language maintenance.