North-South Contributions to African Languages

ISBN 978-3-89645-889-6

North-South Contributions to African Languages

Edited by: Christina Thornell, Karsten Legère. With contributions by: Assibi Apatewon Amidu, Dorothee Beermann, Carol Benson, Beban Sammy Chumbow, Øyvind Dahl, Niklas Edenmyr, Riikka Halme, Arvi Hurskainen, Hélène Fatima Idris, Karsten Legère, Daniel J. Mkude, Robert Munganda, Carl E. Olivestam, Christina Thornell, Valentin Vydrine, Åsa Wedin, Alexander Zheltov.

Series: Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies Volume 19

12 pp. Roman, 208 pp.
1 figure, 5 colour illustrations
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
430 g
€ 34.80

The present collection of papers is a fine contribution towards demonstrating how the cooperation between linguists and language experts from Nordic countries and their partners in Africa results in substantial academic achievements. The papers in this volume address African languages and language problems that pertain to the position and function of national languages in sub-Saharan countries. Given the legacy of foreign rule on the African continent, half a century after the famous Africa Year of 1960 the empowerment of national languages in sub-Saharan Africa is still a de­manding challenge as shown in this volume.

The origin of this collection was the 2007 Gothenburg Symposium “Nordic Contributions to Afri­can Languages” in support of the Year of African Languages 2007–08 that was formally launched by the African Union in June 2007. The symposium convenors at Gothenburg University suc­ceeded in bringing together a good number of colleagues from all Nordic countries and Northwest Russia as well as partners from Cameroon (representing the African Academy of Languages of the African Union), Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania. The papers that were subsequently sub­mitted for publication emanated from this meeting.


Vigdís Finnbogadóttir:

Christina Thornell / Karsten Legère:

Beban Sammy Chumbow:
The African Academy of Languages and the continental language development programme

Assibi A. Amidu:
African language teaching and research with emphasis on Swahili

Dorothee Beermann:
Typecraft – Language annotation in the context of African linguistics

Carol Benson:
African languages, educational quality and the issue of parent choice

Øyvind Dahl:
Linguistic policy challenges in Madagascar

Niklas Edenmyr / Hélène Fatima Idris / Karsten Legère:
Endangered languages – Examples from Tanzania and Sudan

Rikka Halme:
Creating a common orthography for Nyaneka-Nkumbi

Arvi Hurskainen:
Some Finnish contributions to African linguistics

Daniel J. Mkude:
The impact of Swahili on other languages in Tanzania – An illustration from Luguru

Robert Munganda:
Subject glossaries for Mbukushu – Development and future prospects

Christina Thornell / Carl E. Olivestam:
Central African multilingual learning environment with neuroscience underpinnings

Valentin Vydrine:
South Mande lexicology project

Åsa Wedin:
Language attitudes and schooled education – The case of Karagwe

Alexander Zheltov:
African language studies in St. Petersburg


UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Languages of the World Vigdís Finnbogadóttir:
Address on behalf of UNESCO at the symposium “Nordic Contributions to African languages”

Representative of ACALAN Professor, Beban Sammy Chumbow:
Address on behalf of the African Academy of Languages at the symposium “Nordic Contributions to African languages”

Vice-Chancellor Pam Fredman:
Welcoming address to the symposium “Nordic Contributions to African Languages” April 27 and 28, 2007

Vice-Dean of Faculty of Humanities Gunhild Vidén:
Welcoming address to the symposium “Nordic Contributions to African Languages” April 27 and 28, 2007


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