M. Erin J. Shay F'12
ACLS Fellowship Program 2012
University of Colorado, Boulder
Morphology and Syntax of Pévé
The goal of the project is to produce a solid preliminary description of the morphology and syntax of Pévé (Chadic; also called Lamé), spoken near the border of Chad and Cameroon. The grammatical description will complement the existing description of the phonology of Pévé (Sachnine 1982). The Pévé community faces social, political, and economic pressures that encourage emigration and bilingualism, both threats to the longevity of the language. Most Pévé speakers reside in Chad, in an area that is no longer considered safe for conducting research. The few (ca. 6000) Pévé speakers in Cameroon are thus the only resource for describing and documenting the language, which is in danger of becoming extinct or unavailable for future study.