The Sherbro language, spoken on Sherbro Island and nearby coastal areas of Sierra Leone, is in rapid decline. Its speakers now number some 20,000 with its domains and functions decreasing. Sherbro speakers increasingly prefer the more widely spoken languages Mende, Krio, and Temne. In a few places, however, the language is used in daily interactions. One is within the Dema Chiefdom on the westernmost edge of the island. It is here the project will locate itself to fully document the language in grounded contexts and partner with the local community and university to produce materials valuable to these and scholarly communities. Speakers of Bullom languages (Bullom is the group to which Sherbro, Mani, Bom, Kim, and Kisi belong) once lived in the interior but were gradually pushed to the Atlantic coast by various Mande groups (Brooks 1993, Childs 2011), where they became fishermen. Sherbro has some typological interest not only because of its status as a member of the Bullom sub-group of South Atlantic, but also because of its dislocation as a result of the Mande Expansion (Childs 2002) and the subsequent intense interaction with European traders in slaves and other commodities. Undoubtedly, this contact affected the language (Childs 2002).

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Submissions from 2018

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Documentation of the Sherbro Language and Culture, George Tucker Childs and Abdulai Bendu

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Let's Speak Bolom! The First Sherbro Primer: A Graphic Introduction to the Sherbro Language of Sierra Leone, George Tucker Childs and Abdulai Bendu

Submissions from 2017

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Abu Bakar Bendu Voiceover, George Tucker Childs

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Albert Yanka - Boy Lost at Sea, George Tucker Childs

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Baba Mandela Fishing, George Tucker Childs

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Bondo ceremony 1, George Tucker Childs

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Bondo ceremony 2, George Tucker Childs

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Bondo ceremony 3, George Tucker Childs

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Constructing Mud House, George Tucker Childs

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Court Case, George Tucker Childs

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Drawing Water at Seaport, George Tucker Childs

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Fishing with Sailboat (part 1), George Tucker Childs

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Fishing with Sailboat (Part 2), George Tucker Childs

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Fish Smoking at Seaport, George Tucker Childs

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Hassan Bendu Voiceover, George Tucker Childs

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Hoeing Field, George Tucker Childs

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Hunter, George Tucker Childs

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Kagboro Anthem, George Tucker Childs

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Maps for Sherbro Area, George Tucker Childs

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Marie L Sesay interview, George Tucker Childs

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Mokain Reinstatement (Part 1), George Tucker Childs

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Mokain Reinstatement (Part 2), George Tucker Childs

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Mokain Reinstatement (Part 3), George Tucker Childs

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Mokain Reinstatement (Part 4), George Tucker Childs

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Mokain Reinstatement (Part 5), George Tucker Childs

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Mokain Reinstatement (Part 6), George Tucker Childs

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Mokain Reinstatement (Part 7), George Tucker Childs

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Mokain Reinstatement (Part 8), George Tucker Childs

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Musa Bangura Fishing, George Tucker Childs

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Palm Nut Processing, George Tucker Childs

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People Bargaining, George Tucker Childs

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Plantain Island Fishing, George Tucker Childs

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Quran Learning, George Tucker Childs

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Seaport Interview, George Tucker Childs

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Sherbro Dictionary, George Tucker Childs

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Tengisa Interviews, George Tucker Childs

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Thatching (Part 1), George Tucker Childs

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Thatching (Part 2), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 1), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 10), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 11), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 12), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 13), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 2), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 3), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 4), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 5), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 6), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 7), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 8), George Tucker Childs

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Tissana Election (Part 9), George Tucker Childs

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Tom Caulker Sherbro History, George Tucker Childs

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Transporting New Dugout, George Tucker Childs

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Virgina Lohr Story, George Tucker Childs

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Wong Island Discussion, George Tucker Childs

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Zainab Caulker Interview, George Tucker Childs

Submissions from 2016

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Abdulai Bendu interview, George Tucker Childs

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Abubakarr Bendu Palm Head Cutting, George Tucker Childs

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Abu Conteh Planting Rice, George Tucker Childs

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Adama Mampa Bondo, George Tucker Childs

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Adama Mampa Greeting, George Tucker Childs

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Adama Mampa Interview, George Tucker Childs

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Adama Mampa on Cooking, George Tucker Childs

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Adama Mampa on Cooking (Part 2), George Tucker Childs

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Albert Yanka Interview, George Tucker Childs

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Alie Will Interview, George Tucker Childs

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Ali Will on Dancing, George Tucker Childs

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Alusine Bundu Interview, George Tucker Childs

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Ansu Kagboro Interview, George Tucker Childs

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Banana Island, George Tucker Childs

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Biah Heni Life Story, George Tucker Childs

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Blacksmithing 1, George Tucker Childs

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Blacksmithing 2, George Tucker Childs

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Braima Bendu Basket Weaving, George Tucker Childs

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Braima Bendu Climbing Belt, George Tucker Childs

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Braima Bendu Palm Wine Tapping, George Tucker Childs

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Brushing 1, George Tucker Childs

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Brushing 2, George Tucker Childs

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Brushing 3, George Tucker Childs

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Brushing 4, George Tucker Childs

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Brushing Crew Introduced, George Tucker Childs

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Brushing Swamp, George Tucker Childs

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Bundling Rice Shoots, George Tucker Childs

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Bundu Brothers Proverbs, George Tucker Childs

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Burning the Farm 1, George Tucker Childs

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Burning the Farm 2, George Tucker Childs

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Burning the Farm 3, George Tucker Childs

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Charles Barlay Slave Pen, George Tucker Childs

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Chernor Anshon Interview, George Tucker Childs

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Children Cracking Groundnuts (Part 1), George Tucker Childs

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Children Cracking Groundnuts (Part 2), George Tucker Childs

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Children's Dance Troupe, George Tucker Childs

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Coconut Processing, George Tucker Childs

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Cracking Palm Kernels, George Tucker Childs

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Cracking Palm Nuts, George Tucker Childs

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Cyril Manley on Walter Hanson, George Tucker Childs

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Dicing Cassava, George Tucker Childs

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Djibril Will Mat Weaving, George Tucker Childs

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Fatimata Anshon Interview, George Tucker Childs

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Fatu Kallon - Stripping Palm Fronds, George Tucker Childs