Sengwer language of western Kenya

Don Osborn dzo at BISHARAT.NET
Sun Apr 26 23:44:40 UTC 2009

Thanks, Susan. I was not aware of the Ekegusii effort. By cc I'll forward
thie to Phil Vernon and the Africa-related lists.





From: Indigenous Languages and Technology [mailto:ILAT at LISTSERV.ARIZONA.EDU]
On Behalf Of Susan Penfield
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 1:32 PM
Subject: Re: [ILAT] Sengwer language of western Kenya


Hi Don,

They might want to get in touch with Kennedy Boisere  or Gladys Machomobo
who are community scholars/ linguists developing a program with Ekegusii
...(check out the online site) or write to them...I 





On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 11:56 AM, Don Osborn <dzo at> wrote:

[forwarding this message which was sent to the closed list, A12n-forum]


Hello A12n


On recent travels to Kenya, I met with a number of indigenous language
groups who are struggling to maintain and/or renew their language and
culture. I'm a non-expert with concern that these groups be given the chance
to flourish once again.


One such group, the Sengwer People of the Charangani Hills area of western
Kenya, expressed the need for linguistics help (i.e. orthography, see note
below) when I passed on a contact for the First Voices' Endangered Language
publishing project, which you may know about through another Canadian A12n
member, Peter Brand.


Has anyone on the list worked in this part of Kenya, or able to make a
connection with the Sengwer? I will pass on contact information if this
seems appropriate.



Phil Vernon

(new) list member


Sengwer comment:

We haven't had a volunteer with knowledge on linguistics or  financial
support to hire a linguistic consultant to put the language correctly
according to how it is spoken/pronounced.

Susan D. Penfield, Ph.D.
(Currently on leave to the National Science Foundation.
E-mail: spenfiel at

Department of English (Primary)
Faculty affiliate in Linguistics, Language, Reading and Culture, 
Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT), 
American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI)
The Southwest Center
University of Arizona,
Tucson, Arizona 85721

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