EEP (Ekegusii Encyclopedic Projects) kick-started the process of preparing the Ekegusii dictionary with
no external funding - using minimal resources pooled from individual savings, from well wishers and from
collaborators. We hired 20 coordinators in the 10 administrative boundaries of the larger Gusii to
consult language experts, enthusiasts and ekegusii "activists".
EEP members have compiled information on:
14,570 Nouns, adverbs, adjectives
3,900 Verbs (this section around 150,000 words)
200 wise sayings
250 Settlements and emergence of over 165 clans
The Ekegusii language is heavily dependent on tone; one word may mean several different things
depending on tone. Furthermore it has over 750 iterative verbs (verbs which are derivable into an average
of 7) while each verb has 4 past tenses, 2 present tenses and 3 future tenses, giving around 125,000 combinations.
The official launch of EEP was at the Royal Court Hotel, Mombasa, on 24 Nov 2006.
Community leaders have made aware of the need to preserve the Ekegusii language through workshops
in the rural areas of the larger Kisii.
Collection and compilation of data continues. The work is now in its fourth year.
copyright Kennedy Bosire / Diversity website
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