Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research

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Kennedy Bosire


Biography

Kennedy M. Bosire is an Ekegusii language activist who played a key role in InField 2008 as an instructor in Field Methods for the Ekegusii workshop and a presenter in the Models of Language Documentation and Revitalization workshop. Subsequently was part of the instructors for language Activism during InField 2010. He was a CoLang 2012 participant. Over twelve years, in collaboration with coommunity members, members of Ekegusii Encyclopedia Project (EEP) and professionals generated a general Ekegusii-English dictionary complete with English-Ekegusii index and which was launched in June 2013.

His further works mainly on Ekegusii people of Kenya is found in www.ekegusiiencyclopedia.com website. He frequently conducts awareness campaigns/talks in learning institutions, community social and religious gatherings, to create awareness on the need to revitalize, maintain and conserve Ekegusii language which is under heavy pressure from other Kenyan official and national languages and the effects globalization.

As the EEP Director, he has engaged his two Community Counties' leadership in directing energy towards the youth in order to produce learning materals. He is collaborating with other community members to produce learning aids e.g. animated folk tales (DVD) and he looks forward to the first vocational youth/children language immersion sessions in Kenya's major cities.


CoLang 2014 Course
Language Activism
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