This episode marks the Season Two finale with Professor Pius Akumbu, who is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bamenda, Cameroon and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Hamburg since January 2019. He received his PhD in Linguistics from The University of Yaounde 1, in Cameroon. His research focuses on the documentation and description of Grassfields Bantu languages of Cameroon, including his mother tongue, Babanki. Additionally, Pius researches multilingualism in Cameroon as well as language planning and policy in Africa. He is an ELDP grant recipient, and a depositor at the Endangered Languages Archive. He is also a member of the KPAAM-CAM project.
Things mentioned in this episode:
- Babanki language
- Multimedia Documentation of Babanki Ritual Speech (ELAR deposit)
- KPAAM-CAM project
- Njem (Njyem) language
- Cameroonian Pidgin English
- Firebird Foundation
- Foundation For Endangered Languages
- Endangered Language Fund
- Pius Akumbu’s website
- Babanki literacy classes and community-based language research by Pius Akumbu (2018)
- Episode 13: Jeff Good on Facilitating Language Documentation in Cameroon
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