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Nilotic Prosody Support


Current project


Beyond Text logo

The Beyond Text strategic programme was developed in 2007 following a period of consultation with the arts and humanities research communities which identified visual communication, sensory perception, orality and material culture as key concerns for 21st century scholarship and the wider community. The programme crosses traditional boundaries between practice-based research and other forms of investigation.

Title: Metre and Melody in Dinka Speech and Song

Principal Investigator: D. Robert Ladd

Co-investigators: Angela Impey (SOAS), Miriam Meyerhoff

Duration: 1/09 to 12/11

Description: The main focus of the project is the way tone, vowel length and voice quality work in several dialects of Dinka. We are also interested in how different dialects relate to each other, and how tone etc. are expressed in song and writing. The project has a strong documentation component. We will be recording and comparing speech and song and try to understand how the structure of language and the structure of song are related to each other. We are particularly interested in how people from different areas and with different beliefs see their creative powers in word and song as being skills and attributes that are important to their society and culture. We also hope that our findings may be useful for people working on developing Dinka orthography.

Funding includes a 3-year post-doctoral position for Bert Remijsen (incl. several fieldwork data collection trips to Sudan); further expansion of the electronic resource, with technical support of Cedric MacMartin; close collaboration with at least 5 native-speaker specialists, who will be trained in Edinburgh and subsequently involved in data collection and analysis; involvement of Tatiana Reid as a student-assistant in data collection and analysis.


The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) is funded by Arcadia (previously known as the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund). ELDP aims to support the documentation of as many endangered languages as possible; to encourage fieldwork on endangered languages, especially by younger scholars with skills in language documentation; and to create a repository of resources for the linguistic, social science, and the language communities.

Title: Documentation and description of Thok Reel - a fieldwork trip to Southern Sudan

Research grant SG0062 of The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) itself funded by Arcadia (previously known as the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund)

Principal Investigator: Tatiana Reid

Duration: 11/10 to 07/11

Description: The project is concerned with documentation and description of Thok Reel - a minority language of Southern Sudan spoken by approximately 50,000 people known as Atuot (Lakes State, Yirol West; Latitude: 6.557, Longitude: 30.504). Thok Reel is under threat from increasing use of Dinka, a language spoken by approximately 1.5 million people. The documentation part will focus on documenting the oral history of the Atuot. The descriptive part will provide a descriptive analysis of morphosyntax.


Completed projects


British Institute in Eastern Africa

The British Institute in Eastern Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya, exists to promote research into the archaeology, history, linguistics and anthropology of Eastern Africa. It is active throughout the region, having conducted projects in Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Title: The sound system and morphophonology of Thok Reel: data collection trip to Southern Sudan.

Minor grant

Principal Investigator: Tatiana Reid

Duration: 1/10 to 2/10

Description: This grant provides support for data collection on the sound system and morphophonology of Thok Reel. The grant funds part of Tatiana Reid’s field trip to Lakes State, Southern Sudan.


Arts and Humanities Research Council logo

The AHRC funds postgraduate training and research in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. The quality and range of research supported not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.

Title: Stress in Nilotic - a typological challenge

Research grant MRG-AN11781/APN19394

Principal Investigator: D. Robert Ladd

Co-investigators: Peter Ladefoged (UCLA), Leoma Gilley (SIL International)

Duration: 9/05 12/08

Description: This grant provides support for data collection and analysis on prosodic contrasts of Dinka and Shilluk, and for the development of an electronic resource that will make the results of the project freely available. Includes funding for a 3-year post-doctoral position for Bert Remijsen (incl. several fieldwork data collection trips to Sudan); development of electronic resource, with technical support of Cedric MacMartin; meetings and conference attendance by some participants.


Arts and Humanities Research Council logo

The British Academy is the national academy for the humanities and the social sciences. It is an independent, self-governing fellowship of c. 750 scholars, elected for distinction and achievement in one or more branches of the academic disciplines that make up the humanities and social sciences.

Title: A dialect survey of the vocalic and prosodic contrasts of dialects of Dinka

Small research grant SG 39265

Principal Investigator: Bert Remijsen

Duration: 7/05 to 6/07

Description: This grants provides support for data collection and analysis on prosodic contrasts of dialects. Supports the participation in the project Caguor Adong Manyang, through a 3-month visit to Edinburgh for training and research design, and by covering the expenses of fieldwork data collection.


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