The Ekegusii Projects - work already done

EEP (Ekegusii Encyclopedic Projects) kick-started the process of preparing the Ekegusii dictionary with no external funding - using minimal resources pooled from individual savings, from well wishers and from collaborators. We hired 20 coordinators in the 10 administrative boundaries of the larger Gusii to consult language experts, enthusiasts and ekegusii "activists".

EEP members have compiled information on:
14,570 Nouns, adverbs, adjectives
3,900 Verbs (this section around 150,000 words)
500 proverbs
200 wise sayings
250 Settlements and emergence of over 165 clans

The Ekegusii language is heavily dependent on tone; one word may mean several different things depending on tone. Furthermore it has over 750 iterative verbs (verbs which are derivable into an average of 7) while each verb has 4 past tenses, 2 present tenses and 3 future tenses, giving around 125,000 combinations.

The official launch of EEP was at the Royal Court Hotel, Mombasa, on 24 Nov 2006.

Community leaders have made aware of the need to preserve the Ekegusii language through workshops in the rural areas of the larger Kisii.

Collection and compilation of data continues. The work is now in its fourth year.

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Specific Objectives Why are we doing this?
The Abagusii Where we are now
The need for this initiative Discussion page
Benefits of Language Preservation Ekegusii Workshops
Why we are pushing this project Diary: May 2007
Ground Covered Diary: June 2007
Ground not yet covered A few pictures
We need help Developments, Oct 2007
Contact Details Language Documentation
Carvings - retail outlet required Additional Objectives, Aug 2008
More carvings What is a language?
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