講演会のご案内 (10/28 15:00~)

来る10月28日(水)15時から、言語学演習室において、ケープタウン大学・京都大学の Sheena Shah 博士による講演会が開催されます。テーマは南アフリカの N|uu 語についてで、吸着音多数を含む114の子音をもつ言語です。教職員、研究員、大学院生、学部生、研究生、聴講生各位の参加を歓迎します。
なお、当日予定されていた大学院演習は11/11に延期させていただきます。

題目 Developing educational materials for a highly endangered language: —Objectives, outcomes and challenges

講師 Sheena Shah
(Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University, Centre for African Language Diversity (CALDi), University of Cape Town)

Nǀuu is a non-Bantu click language (also known as “Khoisan”) spoken in the Northern Cape province of South Africa by three elderly women only. The youngest of the last speakers, Katrina Esau (known locally as Ouma Geelmeid), has been working tirelessly to preserve the Nǀuu language. Although non-literate herself, she has been teaching Nǀuu to children in her community for over a decade.

One of the objectives of the Nǀuu Language Project at the Centre for African Language Diversity (CALDi) at the University of Cape Town is to bridge the gap between academic research projects and community-based revitalization activities. Since 2012, CALDi members have been supporting the teaching efforts of Ouma Geelmeid through the establishment of a practical Nǀuu orthography and the development of educational materials. I illustrate the outcomes of these community-based revitalization activities, which include alphabet charts, posters, a language app and a Nǀuu language reader, and discuss how these educational materials are currently being used at Ouma Geelmeid’s school. In addition, this presentation reviews achievements and challenges in the joint efforts and collaboration between community members and CALDi scholars to revitalize the Nǀuu language.