This collection includes vital records for the dying language Mani, once widely spoken in the coastal Samou region of Guinea (Conakry) and Sierra Leone. Many other of the less widely spoken languages of the Atlantic Group (Niger-Congo) are under threat; the disappearance of Mani is virtually certain. The few fluent speakers are all over fifty years old, and there are no monolingual Mani speakers. Fieldwork began during July of 2000, when the depositors and several of their colleagues from the Centre d’Étude des Langues Guinéennes (University of Conakry) spent a month in the field assessing the vitality of the language.

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Submissions from 2009

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Councillor 15 Years Ago, George Tucker Childs

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Councillor Ashamed, George Tucker Childs

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Councillor Child (Speak to a Child), George Tucker Childs

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Councillor Proud, George Tucker Childs

Submissions from 2005

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A Man and his Four Wives (Part 1), George Tucker Childs

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A Man and His Four Wives (Part 2), George Tucker Childs

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A Man and His Four Wives (Part 3), George Tucker Childs

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A Man and His Four Wives (Part 4), George Tucker Childs

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Devil and Tapster 1, George Tucker Childs

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Devil and Tapster 2, George Tucker Childs