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ESAN AND URHOBO LANGUAGES GOT A RESEARCH BOOSTING AT THE UC-BERKELEY, CA.
NONE YET FOR THE EDO LANGUAGE, THANKS TO MR. NICHOLAS ROLLE, AND
GUOSA EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC & CULTURAL INST., INC.
A PhD student at the University of California Berkeley, Mr. Nicholas Rolle, has begun his graduate studies and is actively researching the languages of Edo and Delta States, Nigeria. In particular, he is currently studying Edo, Esan, and Urhobo, and is conducting recordings of these languages with native speakers. In the academics meeting this afternoon between me and the Board of Directors of Guosa Educational, Scientific & Cultural Inst., Inc. based in Oakland CA, I advanced the case for the production of an Edo State modern dictionary to include Esan, Itsakor, Ora and all other Edo State languages and dialects.
Meanwhile, I have been contracted by Mr. Rolle to assist him in his research and studies of Edo, to facilitate research on Esan and Urhobo languages respectively with other collaborators. Mr. Rolle and I planned to expand on the excellent dictionary and
grammar written by Prof. Rebecca Agheyisi in the 1980s and 1990s, and continue to analiyse Edo to the benefit of both community members and professional linguists at home and abroad. We both stressed the incredible importance Edo
State plays in shaping the linguistic landscape of Nigeria, and that it has never been a more crucial time to record and describe its many vernaculars. Pending funding, our collaboration may be expanded to larger goals if assisted by the Edo State Government and non-governmental agencies as well as the numerous Edo State local and international associations all over the world, including the Edo National Association World, the Umagbae, the Esan Associations, the Afenmai Associations etc.
The Board of Directors of Guosa Educational, Scientific & Cultural Inst., Inc. is currently soliciting a funding agency to assist in
continued research on Edo State languages and dialects. Any interested parties who wished to participate or collaborate in this program should contact me or Mr. Nicholas Rolle for further information
Currently we have received some very little financial funding for Esan and Urhobo languages researches but none yet for the Edo language. We are therefore in need of professional Esan and Urhobo Language speakers and translators and these are the two language at the UC-Berkeley in California. Our current rate of pay is $15/hr but may increase as soon as we are able to obtain additional financial grants and supports.
Alex G. Igbineweka, B.A
Director of Edo & Guosa Languages
American Heritage University
255 North D Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Direct Phone Number: 510 225-9172 Ext. 1
Toll Free: 888.484.8689
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