Safara Motel, Kontagora, 10-12th March, 2008




Organised by:


Roger Blench

Stuart McGill


The West Kainji languages constitute a group of some sixteen or more languages, spoken principally in northwest Nigeria. As language and literacy projects exist for some ten of these languages, with more being proposed, the Kay Williamson Educational Foundation (KWEF) considered it helpful to sponsor a workshop to bring together the various local teams in a central location, both to present their projects and to work on individual problems in language analysis. The organisers were Roger Blench, representing KWEF, and Stuart McGill, SOAS. The workshop was held at the Safara Motel in Kontagora, between the 10thand 12thMarch, 2008.


Final report of the workshop


Images of the workshop




Final Programme


March 10th


10.00 Opening of Workshop, General Announcements

10.15  Roger Blench. Overview of the West Kainji languages

11.00  Steve Dettweiler. The cLela project and general issues in regional languages


11.30  Coffee


12.00  Selbut Longtau. General approaches to language development in Nigeria.

12.15  Stuart McGill. Some orthographic challenges for Cicipu


1.00    Lunch


2.00    James Macdonell. Pongu

2.45    Apollos Agamalafiya. Development of the Reshe language


3.30    Tea

4.00    Niffer Davey. Hungwəryə


March 11th


8.30    Gareth Mort. General issues in language development in West Kainji

8.45    Katharine Spencer.  Kamuku languages survey report

9.00    Katharine Spencer. Current Kamuku work

9.15    Wakaso Mamman Salka. Language development in three Kambari languages.

10.00  General discussion and planning of workshop sessions on the 11th.


Sessions on individual languages with language helpers for the remainder of the day


2.00    David and Jan Dykgraaf and Hussaini Magaji. TsuVaɗi project.


March 12th


8.30    Sunday John. Ma’in (Fakai)

9.00    Luka Isa. tHun (Dukanci)


1.00    Presentation of results of workshop sessions. General discussions of the way forward, priority          setting, possible further meetings.



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