The work on the Bangime language, spoken by the Bangande people, was carried out as part of a larger linguistic fieldwork project focused on Dogon languages. Bangime is confirmed as a language isolate with no demonstrable linguistic relatives—possibly the only such isolate in West Africa.
images of villages in Mali in which Najamba Kindige (Dogon family) is the primary language. Each file name contains important information about the photos, and are structured thus: LanguageFamily_Language_IdentificationNumber_GeographicCoordinate_Description_Date_InitialsOfThePhotographer
Tiranige is a Dogon language spoken in villages on the high plateau near the western edge of the Dogon (Bandiagara) plateau, and in villages at the base of the cliffs and slopes leading down from the plateau to the sandy plains. As of May 2018 I am still working on a drafted Tiranige grammar which I hope to complete in 2019. The grammar draft currently ends with six short texts transcribed from dictation. The only audio recording is therefore labeled Text 07. The speakers are Amadou Toloba and Boubacar Toloba. Most but not all of it (17.5 minutes out of about 22) has been partially transcribed. The plan is to complete the grammar and to transcribe and translate at least Text 07.
Najamba is spoken chiefly in villages on the edges of low cliffs flanking a long valley near Douentza in central Mali. It belongs to a cluster of languages/dialects including Kindige, spoken mostly along the main Douentza-Sevare highway, and the varieties around Borko on the (very) high plateau on the northwestern edge of the Dogon (Bandiagara) plateau. These varieties are often collectively called Bondu So, but this is an exonym. A grammar of Najamba was published electronically by Language Description Heritage Library in 2017 http://ldh.clld.org/2017/02/01/escidoc2397771/ It is backed up at Deep Blue documents. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/139022 One cassette was recorded (on one side only) in Kubewel village in 2004. Two cassettes were recorded in Adia village in 2005 in a single long session. These have been digitized. The inventory is: Kubewel: 2004-01 side A; Adia 2005-01 side A; 2005-01 side B; 2005-02 side A; 2005-02 side B. The 2004 tape had poor sound quality and was not transcribed. A substantial part of 2005-01 side A and 2005-02 side A was transcribed and translated in unpublished keyboarded documents in 2009 (see below). The material from 2005-01 side A was further edited and appeared as a single long text at the end of the published grammar. The unpublished documents included in this work are: transcriptions: Dogon Najamba 2005_01_A Adia text transcribed 2009; Dogon Najamba 2005_02_A Adia text transcribed 2009. translations: Dogon Najamba 2005_01_A Adia text translated 2009; Dogon Najamba 2005_02_A Adia text translated 2009
Bunoge is a Dogon language spoken in Boudou and two neighboring villages in central Mali. These texts were recorded in the original Boudou village (perched on a peak) in 2015. The content of the texts is: 2015-01 greetings and initial conversations; 2015-02 history of Boudou, part 1; 2015-03 history of Boudou, part 2; 2015-04 farming methods; 2015-05 carts and gardening; 2015-06 gardening; 2015-07 wells, road, and school; 2015-08 tale; 2015-09 tale. Heath, A grammar of Bunoge, is electronically published (2017) at Language Description Heritage Library http://ldh.clld.org/2017/03/01/escidoc2417511/ with backup copy at Deep Blue documents. http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/139023 DOI is 10.17617/2.2417511 At the end of the grammar are formatted transcriptions/translations of 2015-02, 2015-03, 2015-05, 2015-08, and 2015-09. The remaining texts (2015-01, 2015-04, 2015-06, and 2015-07) have not been transcribed as of May 2018. I grant permission to other scholars to transcribe, translate, and/or analyse these texts.
Images of villages in Mali in which Manding Bambara (Mande family) is the primary language. Each file name contains important information about the photos, and are structured thus: LanguageFamily_Language_IdentificationNumber_GeographicCoordinate_Description_Date_InitialsOfThePhotographer
Images of villages in Mali in which Fulankiriya (Songhayfamily) is the primary language. Each file name contains important information about the photos, and are structured thus: LanguageFamily_Language_IdentificationNumber_GeographicCoordinate_Description_Date_InitialsOfThePhotographer
Videos made in the course of linguistic fieldwork. Includes blacksmithing, hide tanning, weaving, cotton spinning, weaving, reed flute making, pottery making, and construction in Dogon villages, and exotic traditional hair styling in Hombori (Songhay). Some of the videos are "compilations" of many short clips, others are in standard documentary form.
This is the flora-fauna lexical material obtained in the course of more general lexical and grammatical fieldwork on languages of central-eastern Mali (Dogon, Songhay, Bangime, Bozo). The spreadsheets in this work, duplicated in xlsx and csv formants, present our flora-fauna lexicons as of early 2019 for many languages of central-eastern Mali, and certain languages of southwestern Burkina Faso. The Malian data is in two spreadsheets (flora, fauna), while the Burkina data is in separate spreadsheets for flora, birds, fish, insects, lizards and snakes, and mammals. Please begin with the “readme” document.