Bole Language and Documentation Unit BOLDU, Report I

ISBN 978-3-927620-48-3

Bole Language and Documentation Unit BOLDU, Report I

Edited by: Dymitr Ibriszimow, Alhaji Maina Gimba. With contributions by: Alhaji Maina Gimba, Jürgen Heinrich, Dymitr Ibriszimow, Rupert Kawka, Wilhelm Seidensticker †, Gisela Seidensticker-Brikay †. Series edited by: Herrmann Jungraithmayr, Norbert Cyffer.

Series: WeStu Westafrikanische Studien Volume 7

137 pp.
numerous maps and illustrations
Text language(s): English
€ 39.80

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This volume is the first report of the Bole Language and Documentation Unit (BOLDU), whose aim it is to gather, analyse, perserve and publish everything connected with the language, culture, and history of the Bole people in north-eastern Nigeria. Bole-Tangale belongs to the West Chadic branch of the Chadic language family (subgroup West Chadic A.2) and has about 100,000 speakers in northern Nigeria.

Part I is devoted to some of the crafts in the Bole region of Yobe state. The authors, being both linguists, concentrated on the Bole crafts terminology.

Part II consists of an article on the physical geography of the region, an article on Fika urban geography and a contribution to the study of the toponyms of the region.

In Part III, the yet unpublished Guide to the Potiskum Museum is presented. It is accompanied by a Catalogue of the Artefacts in the Museum. At the end of the volume, a Bole-English glossary is appended.


Part I

Dymitr Ibriszimow / Alhaji Maina Gimba:

Part II

Jürgen Heinrich:
Landscape Development and Environmental Change in Northern Parts of the Gongola Basin, Northeastern Nigeria

Rupert Kawka:
A Survey on Migration from Fika, Northeastern Nigeria

Dymitr Ibriszimow / Alhaji Maina Gimba:

Part III

Gisela Seidensticker-Brikay / Wilhelm Seidensticker:
Guide to Potiskum Museum with Catalogue of Artefacts

Dymitr Ibriszimow / Alhaji Maina Gimba:
Glossary Bole-English

BOLDU Report I and II are available together in a new edition, see the link below:



The book under review which consists of 'preliminary working papers' (as it was stated by the Editors) is a multidisciplinary attempt at exploration of [the] cultural past and presence of the Bole people. It provides a rich documentary material to further studies of this kind. It discloses the unwritten testimonies of the African past and changes them into the documents and sources.

Nina Pawlak in Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, 18/1995, 64-66

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