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1178

Duration

00:23:00

Production year

2004

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Director(s)

Laurent MAGET

Summary

This film tells the story of the meeting in Gabon between Sébastien Bodinga Bwa Bodinga and linguist Lolke Van der Veen. In 1986 Sébastien Bodinga Bwa Bodinga began to work on producing a lexicon of his language, Geviya, an oral dialect, in order to preserve it. This language is clearly threatened, as there are only an estimated forty people left who speak it well.

He composed his life's work, a 1,300-page manuscript. In 1988, Lolke Van der Veen was sent by his director of research to work on the corpus. In January 2003, he officially brought Sébastien a copy of the first Geviya-French dictionary. The delivery of this book was the occasion of a formal ceremony.

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