Endangered languages -- Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone -- Social life and customs, Kim language -- Sierra Leone
African Languages and Societies | Applied Linguistics
Mr. Bassei thanked Professor for bringing such a project (Documentation of Kim and Bom) to the chiefdom. He said their parents are no longer alive to keep the language going. The present generation is no longer benefitting because they, the parents, either have no time to teach the children or the children are not interested. The children prefer speaking Mende to Kim. I think another contributing factor is the decline of proficiency of speakers. The parents themselves have neglected their duties. The ‘kun/hun mɔɔga’ (drink or come to the breast) slogan of Kim mothers is no longer in existence. He believed that the DKB project is to some extent taking over the duties of parents. Though their level of proficiency cannot be compared to their fathers, yet they are willing to answer any question posed by the DKB team.
Africa, Sierra Leone, Tei
Tucker Childs (creator, contributor), Baji Gbombi (interviewer)
Childs, George Tucker, "Tommy Bassei's Final Words" (2008). The Kim and Bom Languages of Sierra Leone. 143.