The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project  The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project

The language of material culture in Banounk Gubher

Amadou kane Bye, Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar

Project Details:

Small Grant. Duration: 2011-2012. £5,986

Project Summary:

I propose a pilot study of the vocabulary and linguistic practices associated with material culture in Gubher, one of the three principal Banounk languages. This language group is spoken in the Casamance region of southern Senegal. Surviving in only one village with about 500 inhabitants, Gubher is threatened by rural exodus and concomitant shift to other languages, motivated by climate change and political unrest. Migration also has repercussions on the social organisation and language use in the village. Many cultural practices are rapidly changing, and with them the language linked, so that it is timely to document this knowledge now.