***UNIT: Department of Linguistics, English Language Studies and Communication Skills
***PROJECT TITLE: Corpus Development of the “So” Language for Community Empowerment
***PROJECT DISSEMINATION SEMINAR PRESENTED BY - Dr. Celestino Oriikiriza (Principal Investigator), Dr. Fridah Katushemererwe (Co-investigator), Dr. Deo Kawalya (Co-investigator), Mr. Michael Wangotta (Co-investigator), and Mr. Luke Francis Kiwanuka (Librarian) in conjunction with partners: Mr. Richard Nzogi (SIL International, Entebbe), Dr. Sigal Uziel-Karl (Achva Academic College, Israel), Ms. Maria Stolen (SIL International, Entebbe), Mr. Gift Asiku (SIL International, Entebbe), and Mr. Michael Ongunda (SIL International, Entebbe)
The project aimed at developing a documentary corpus (a collection of oral transcriptions) of "So", one of the critically endangered languages in Uganda in Karamoja region. The language is commonly known as Tepeth. The corpus was targeted to serve as a source of data for use in describing the linguistic nature of the language, establishing its spelling system, compiling its vocabulary in dictionary form, and writing the literature, culture, and history of the people using their language. The goal is to preserve the language and to make it a usable tool for development and empowerment of the speakers, who are marginalized community. The specific objectives of the project were: to conduct a mini survey of the language, to record the spoken form of the language, to create oral transcriptions of the recordings, to create translated versions of the recorded data, and to archive the data in an accessible and retrievable form.
***Venue: E-Learning Room, CTF1, Level 4