URHOBO LANGUAGE PACK
Author: Arc. O.C. Majoroh and others,Anthony Obakpọnọvwẹ Ukere
Publisher: Urhobo Foundation
Publication date: 2003-2010-1986
Number of pages: 142+115+54
Format / Quality: PDF+.flv(audio and images)
*URHOBO LANGUAGE PRIMER-2003
(there’s one lesson missing among the flv files and there’s one extra lesson)
This primer is targeted at Urhobo adults and children in Diaspora who for one reason or the other lost the opportunity to learn their own language in the past. It is also designed to be used by non-Urhobos who desire to communicate while working or living in Urhobo land as well as Urhobos with some background of the language but may have lost it owing to diminished use or lack of contact with other Urhobo speakers. This book is designed to be enjoyed like a song.
The authors employed the new method of “assimilation” in the gradual infusion of the essence of the Urhobo Language to the reader. The presentation of the material is mainly in spoken form using apostrophe to make compound words in the spoken format as against the classical and literary forms of written Urhobo. The fusion of the written and spoken forms for the beginner is envisaged to make reading, writing and understanding easier. We apologise to the purists for any short cut we have taken. We have also avoided using difficult expressions and excessive detail since this can only lead to frustration and loss of a probable good student.
The Urhobo has been written side by side with English interpretations and the work is accompanied by an audio cassette(in this edition FLV files with images) to aid beginners in pronunciation and easy listening at home or on the road.
The vocabulary used in the book has been carefully selected to include words that are used daily in a typical Urhobo setting. The sentences are written in simple forms to gently expand the learners’ vocabulary while some proverbs and idioms have been included because no Urhobo can be spoken in public without the inclusion of these beautiful sayings. The beginner is encouraged to collect his own dossier of proverbs as his knowledge of Urhobo grows.
It is expected that any reader who finishes this simple book will become familiar with the spoken form of the language. It is however intended only as the beginning and a challenge to those who can come through the twenty-two chapters to forge ahead into the great richness of the language.
*URHOBO GRAMMAR BASIC COURSE-2010
*URHOBO – ENGLISH DICTIONARY by Anthony Obakpọnọvwẹ Ukere
Typed in by George Sider for Kay Williamson (†).
This version edited by Roger Blench (Cambridge 2005)
The present Urhobo dictionary was locally published in Nigeria, printed by Ilupeju Press, Benin City. The
original is not dated, but the preface is dated 1986, so perhaps this is the date of publication. It was typed
into the computer, originally into Macintosh and later transferred to PC at the behest of Kay Williamson (†)
who has some role in encouraging it s original publication.
Changes in the manuscript
The following changes were made by Roger Blench for this circulation version;
1. English corrected
2. Fonts changed from IPA Kiel to Times New Roman
3. Text formatted as a table
The original has a grammatical introduction, and an appendix listing Urhobo proper names and towns. The
original also has an IPA-like transcription following the main Urhobo orthographic entry. This was not
typed and indeed, since the orthography is phonemic these values can be reconstructed.