Welcome to the Uncunwee Documentation Project website. We are an internationally-based team of academic and community linguists working to describe, document and maintain Uncunwee (Ghulfan), an endangered and little documented Kordofan Nubian language spoken in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.  Uncunwee (IPA: untʃunwɛɛ) is the language spoken by the Uncu, who mostly live as farmers in small villages to the south of Dilling, the second largest town in the Sudanese state of South Kordofan. Though there are no estimates of the number of Uncunwee speakers more current than Stevenson's 1984 figure of 16,000, it is likely that the number of speakers is far lower today. This is due to two main factors: the long-standing Sudanese government policy of Arabization and a history of migration from the Uncu area because of conflict and lack of economic opportunities.

Our work has already resulted in a better understanding of Uncunwee grammar, particularly the tone and vowel systems. We are now working on a grammar and a dictionary of the language, as well as building a corpus of linguistically analyzed stories, conversations, and songs. These will become part of a larger endangered language corpus at the Endangered Languages Archive, housed at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.

In addition, we are working with members of the Uncu commuity in Sudan and abroad to help maintain the language. In this area, we are working together with Uncu speakers to develop an orthography so that Uncunwee can be written and also are providing community members with linguistic training to be used in their language maintenance efforts.

About the language name: Uncunwee literally means 'language of the Uncu'. The language is better known by linguists under the name Ghulfan (ISO 639-3: ghl), which is how it is listed in the Ethnologue. However, most Uncu consider the name Ghulfan to be somewhat perjorative and thus prefer the name Uncunwee.

The Uncunwee Documentation Project receives primary funding from the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project/Arcadia. We also receive generous support from the American University in Cairo; the Linguistics Department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; the Institute for African and Asian Studies and the Linguistics Department at the Univeristy of Khartoum; and the University of Dalanj.