Documentation of Uwu, an endangered and undocumented minority language of the Nigerian Middle Belt


Documentation of Uwu, an endangered and undocumented minority language of the Nigerian Middle Belt

Language: Ayere (ISO639-3:aye)
Depositor: Anja Choon
Location: Nigeria
Deposit Id: 0231
ELDP Id: IGS0052
Level: Deposit

Group represented
Uwu speakers from Uwu in Kogi State, Nigeria.

Language information
Úwû is a Volta-Niger language of the Niger-Congo language family spoken in a single town in the linguistically highly diverse Nigerian Middle Belt. It is believed that the origin of the Úwû is Ile-Ife. Úwû means ‘there is space’, which in Yorùbá is translated as Àyɛ́rɛ́. Thus, in the literature Úwû has been overwhelmingly called Ayere. In past works, the number of Úwû speakers has been stated in the low thousands.It has been suggested that Yorùbá is the dominant language of Úwû speakers, who are presumably all multilingual. On the other hand, English also plays a strong role, such as the language of instruction in schools. Speakers of several other Nigerian languages live in Úwû and its vicinity. The lingua franca Úwû speakers use when communicating with these people usually is either Yorùbá, English or Hausa. Úwû has no established orthography, no written literature and no teaching material. All of these factors, i.e. the high competition with Yorùbá and English, the lack (or at least scarcity) of written material in Úwû as well as the small number of speakers, put Úwû in danger of disappearing. Only few studies have looked at the language so far.

Deposit history
The audio recordings in this deposit were collected between 2007 and 2010 by mainly Anja Choon. A few recordings are by Yun-Hsin Chang and one recording by Sophie Salffner.

Status

Curated
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Anja Choon
Affiliation: SOAS

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2018 February 21 to 2018 February 21
Deposit hits:1
Downloaded files
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The speaker tells a narrative: The speaker talks about his mother, who had left Uwu for London a long time ago.

Recorded on: 2008-12-18

Keywords: Ayere - English - Monologue - AC - co6



This is an audio recording of Uwu (alternative name: Ayere, ISO 639-3: aye). The speaker tells a narrative: The speaker talks about his mother, who had left Uwu for London a long time ago.

Recorded on: 2008-12-18

Keywords: Ayere - English - Monologue - AC - co2



The speaker tells a narrative: The speaker talks about his mother, who had left Uwu for London a long time ago.

Recorded on: 2008-12-18

Keywords: Ayere - English - Monologue - AC - co6



The speaker translates every day phrases from English to Uwu.

Recorded on: 2008-01-15

Keywords: Ayere - English - Stimuli - AC - co2



Recorded on: Unspecified

Keywords: Ayere - English - Stimuli - wordlist - AC - c13



Recorded on: Unspecified

Keywords: Ayere - English - Stimuli - AC - c13



This is an audio recording of Uwu (alternative name: Ayere, ISO 639-3: aye). The speaker repeats and translates the narrative from uwu_081218b:The speaker repeates a story about someone's mother, who had left Uwu for London a long time ago.

Recorded on: 2008-12-19

Keywords: Ayere - English - Stimuli - AC - co2



This is an audio recording of Uwu (alternative name: Ayere, ISO 639-3: aye). The speaker repeats and translates the narrative from uwu_081218b: The speaker repeates a story about someone's mother, who had left Uwu for London a long time ago.

Recorded on: 2008-12-19

Keywords: Ayere - English - Stimuli - AC - co2



The speaker translates different verb forms (perfective, negation and future) from English to Uwu.

Recorded on: 2008-01-16

Keywords: Ayere - English - Stimuli - AC - co2



This is an audio recording of Uwu (alternative name: Ayere, ISO 639-3: aye). The language used to elicite the data is English. A few words in other languages may appear as well. This is an elicitation of the West African Language Data Sheet. The access is restricted to researchers affiliated to a research institute and people from Uwu. Hence, access is S.

Recorded on: 2007-10-28

Keywords: English - Ayere - Unknown - word list - SS - c01