Dr. Schaefer is involved in several global initiatives, including his long term research on preservation of indigenous languages in Nigeria. Below are specific projects he is involved with:
Reference Grammar for Emai, an Edoid language of southern Nigeria. 2007 became the core of linguistic description and interpretation with Professor Francis O. Egbokhare of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Project is submitted.
Description of tone system in Emai, an Edoid language of southern Nigeria; collaborator Professor Francis O. Egbokhare of the University of Ibadan. Started in 2012, although previous linguistic analyses in support of dictionary, grammar and oral tradition texts began in 1980s.
Documentation of Edo North oral tradition, southern Nigeria; collaborators Professor Francis O. Egbokhare and Demola Lewis, both of the University of Ibadan. Since 2010.
Enhancing faculty expertise in applied linguistics and linguistic documentation at the University of Ibadan, Department of Linguistics and African Languages. Project is in developing stages.