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  BU | African Studies Center | Language Study | Introduction |
Africans, on the other hand, are pleasantly surprised when they find that a visitor has made an effort to learn their language, and then extremely encouraging no matter how many mistakes you make.
African languages may be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate language requirements.
The Minor in African Languages and Literatures enables undergraduates to study three years of an African language and to choose from a wide range of electives, including courses in African literature, oral traditions, education systems, and linguistics.
www.bu.edu /africa/languagestudy/introduction.html   (0 words)

  African Languages - ninemsn Encarta
African languages that belong to different families are as little alike as English, Turkish, Chinese, and Navajo, although the disparate tongues may be spoken in the same locality.
Languages of the Berber branch of the Afro-Asiatic family are spoken by a substantial portion of the population in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia; by scattered groups elsewhere in North Africa; and along the southern fringes of the Sahara Desert in western Africa.
The Nubian alphabet was derived from that of the Coptic language.
au.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761565449/African_Languages.html   (1277 words)

  African Languages - MSN Encarta
Languages in the Mande subgroup are spoken in Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Bambara, spoken in Mali, is the principal language in this subgroup.
Languages of the Adamawa East subgroup are spoken in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), and the Central African Republic.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761565449/African_Languages.html   (1785 words)

 African Languages - MSN Encarta
Languages in the largest of the six subgroups, Nilotic, are spoken along the Nile and Chari rivers.
Languages of South African Khoisan, which include Nama and Naron, are spoken in and around the Kalahari Desert of northern South Africa, southwestern Botswana, and Namibia.
An oral tradition is universal among African language groups, facilitating the transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761565449_2/African_Languages.html   (807 words)

 BBC NEWS | Africa | Are African languages important?
Language is one of the factors that helps to create a sense of strong cultural identity and a sense of belonging to a society.
African languages are important because the social, political and economic development of the vast majority of the people of Africa depend on the proper and systematic use of their indigenous languages.
African language as a subject in schools should be made compulsory in areas where such languages are spoken for the first few years of school.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/africa/5072596.stm   (0 words)

 African languages. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
These languages are spoken in all parts of the continent, from the extreme south up to the territory of the Afroasiatic languages of N Africa.
All of the Khoisan languages appear to use tones to distinguish meanings, and the Khoikhoi languages and some of the San languages inflect the noun to show case, number, and gender.
Swahili, a Bantu tongue of the Niger-Kordofanian stock, was written before the European conquest of Africa (see Swahili language), and Vai, a language belonging to the Mande subdivision of Niger-Congo, employs an indigenous script developed in the 19th cent.
www.bartleby.com /65/af/Africanlng.html   (1428 words)

 Small and endangered African languages
The purpose of the present project is to survey the linguistic literature for small and/or endangered languages in Africa, in the hope of drawing focus on the many lacunae in the description of African languages.
A small number of these languages are fairly well-described and a relatively sizeable bulk of literature exist on and in them (see, for instance, the various webresources available for African languages).
The large majority of African languages, however, are poorly described, if at all, and there is virtually no written literature at all written either in them or about them.
www.african.gu.se /research/elbiblio.html   (373 words)

 African Languages
T\venty five African languages are spoken in Botswana, but the majority language, Setswana, a Bantu language, is the mother tongue of some 85 percent of the population and is spoken as a second language by a further nine percent.
The main languages are Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya and Somali, with Amharic as the lingua franca being spoken as a first language by approximately 28 percent of the population and as a second language by a further 40 percent.
It is estimated that 13 indigenous languages are spoken in Malawi, The 1966 population census indicated that Chichewa was the majority language, spoken as a native language by 50.2 percent of the population and as a second language by a further 25 percent.
chora.virtualave.net /afrilang1.html   (10097 words)

 African Languages
Currently, African language instructions within AAAS is offered by 4 instructors and 2 tenured faculty members: Associate Professor Alamin Mazrui, whose research and teaching focus on Swahili language and literature; and Associate Professor Lupenga Mphande, a specialist in Southern Bantu languages and a certified ACTFL evaluator who coordinates the African languages program.
In addition to Mazrui and Mphande, there are 2 African languages specialists in the Department of Linguistics: Professor David Odden, a renowned scholar and expert on the phonology and grammar of several Bantu languages, and Professor Donald Winford, a sociolinguist with a strong interest in African languages.
To fulfill the language requirements of their departments or colleges, students must demonstrate oral and written proficiency beyond the lower intermediate levels, which is demonstrated by successfully completing 4 quarters of instruction.
cas.osu.edu /african_languages.htm   (1192 words)

 African Languages
The African Languages Program is a unit in the Department of Comparative Literature.
For the time being, 3 languages, Swahili, Yoruba and Zulu, are being taught at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels.
The goal is to increase the number of African languages taught at UGA by introducing additional languages from South Africa (preferably Shona) and one from West Africa (preferably Hausa).
www.uga.edu /aflang   (0 words)

 AllRefer.com - African languages (Language And Linguistics) - Encyclopedia
African languages, geographic rather than linguistic classification of languages spoken on the African continent.
Some 50 African languages have more than half a million speakers each, but many others are spoken by relatively few people.
Tonality is a common feature of indigenous African languages.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/A/Africanlng.html   (373 words)

 African Language Handbook - Introduction (ASC)(MSU)
This fact alone explains why language in Africa must be seen in a very different perspective from that usually taken in the West, where we are accustomed to thinking in terms of one or possibly two languages per nation; in Africa, one finds an average of around 37 languages spoken per country.
The 30 group B languages have a speakership of at least one million and are either significant regional languages of large countries or are spoken in two or more smaller countries.
Because of the enormous task of ranking some 2,000 languages and the difficulty in obtaining accurate and unambiguous demographic information, especially as regards population, categories B and C in particular should be regarded as "open." Thus, when it is shown that a language fits the criteria for another group, it should be reclassified accordingly.
www.isp.msu.edu /AfrLang/introduction.htm   (2003 words)

 Africa Languages Religion
For example, the official languages of Chad and Djibouti are Arabic and French.
A dialect is a form or variety of a spoken language.
In African countries south of the Sahara Desert, people follow many different religions.
www.africanculturalcenter.org /5_3languages_religion.html   (293 words)

 African Languages African Linguistics on the Internet
One of its goals is to promote the use of African languages in African intergovernmental organisations.
An introduction to African music in 100 CDs is a directory arranged by country, name of artists or groups, CD titles, artists (including compilations), style of music, instrument, language, type of music, and label.
Ekegusii is the language of the Gusii in Kenya.
www-sul.stanford.edu /depts/ssrg/africa/lang.html   (6173 words)

 Numbers in Over 5000 Languages
Their ears may not be attuned to the language; or there may be dialectal variation, or even sound change.
There is nothing inherent in the language variety to tell us what it is. Linguists sometimes use "language" to refer to a mutually intelligible group of dialects (but note that intelligibility can be partial).
For non-African languages, a macron indicates length and is indicated :.
www.zompist.com /numbers.shtml   (926 words)

 African Languages Home
African languages can be taken to fulfill all the language requirements for Harvard College.
These languages are a core part of the African Studies Track in the Dept of African and African American Studies (AAAS) and relate well to a variety of courses within Harvard College, and other constituents of Harvard University.
All language offerings are contingent upon enrolment of at least two Harvard undergraduate students or one graduate student.
www.people.fas.harvard.edu /~mugane/africanlanguages   (102 words)

 African languages — Infoplease.com
African languages: Bibliography - Bibliography See E. Gregersen, ed., Language in Africa (1977); M. Mann and D. Dalby A Thesaurus...
African languages: Khoisan - Khoisan The Khoisan, or Click, linguistic family is made up of three branches: the Khoisan...
African American preschoolers' language, emergent literacy skills, and use of African American English: a complex relation.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/society/A0802671.html   (459 words)

 African Local Languages
As the use of the Internet and its resources spread, it is becomingly increasingly clear that Africans need information in their own languages to promote greater access to the information society.
Consequently, ECA's programme on promoting African languages remains a challenge for the continent and represents a real form of democratizing access to the information society.
AISI emphasizes the importance of preserving and promoting African cultures which include the usage of local languages and content creation, in addition to the assistance towards the development of the National Information and Communication Infrastructure (NICI) plans.
www.uneca.org /aisi/all.htm   (306 words)

 African Languages by Countries :: Official and national Languages of Africa
Native African languages belonging to Sudanic family spoken by 90% of the population.
Lingala and Monokutuba (lingua franca trade languages), many local languages and dialects (of which Kikongo is the most widespread).
Afrikaans common language of most of the population and about 60% of the white population, German 32%, indigenous languages: Oshivambo, Herero, Nama.
www.nationsonline.org /oneworld/african_languages.htm   (583 words)

 Lesson Plan - Appreciating African Languages
Just like there are many languages spoken in the United States, many languages and dialects are spoken in Africa.
Explain that there are also many languages spoken in Africa, and tell them it was African music that they were listening to.
Tell the students that they are going to learn about the many languages spoken in Africa, and they are going to learn how to say hello in at least one of those languages.
teacherlink.ed.usu.edu /tlresources/units/byrnes-africa/lismar/index.html   (585 words)

 African Vacations & African Safaris - African Vacation Accommodation
The Afro-Asiatic languages are a language family of about 240 languages and 285 million people widespread throughout North Africa, East Africa, the Sahel, and Southwest Asia.
Nilo-Saharan languages are mainly spoken in Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and northern Tanzania.
A recent development of the 21st century is the emergence of African hip hop, in particular a form from Senegal is blended with traditional mbalax.
www.africanvacation.co.za   (0 words)

 Amazon.com: African Languages: Books: Bernd Heine,Derek Nurse   (Site not responding. Last check: )
African Voices: An Introduction to the Languages and Linguistics of Africa by Vic Webb
This book is the first general introduction to African languages and linguistics to be published in English.
It covers the four major language groupings (Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Afroasiatic and Khoisan), the core areas of modern theoretical linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax), typology, sociolinguistics, comparative linguistics, and language, history and society.
www.amazon.com /African-Languages-Bernd-Heine/dp/0521666295   (875 words)

 African Languages
The African Languages and Literatures collection at the George A. Smathers Libraries includes language materials from dozens of languages spoken in sub-Saharan Africa.
The collection is focused primarily on the languages taught at the University.
The electronic version from SIL (Summer Institute of Language) of the original printed catalogue of over 6,700 languages spoken in 228 countries, the Ethnologue database provides the Ethnologue Language Name Index, and the Ethnologue Language Family Index.
web.uflib.ufl.edu /cm/africana/language.htm   (472 words)

 African Studies Center | K-12 Guide, Languages
This is an on-line classification of world languages, including African languages and ethnology derived from the Ethnologue: Languages of the World by Barbara F. Grimes (ed.), and the World Genetic Tree of Languages, by Joseph E. Grimes, B. Bright and Bernard Comrie.
Dogon is a group of languages in the Niger-Congo language family (roughly analogous to the Romance languages in Indo-European), spoken in Mali and Burkina Faso.
Kiswahili is an African language spoken mainly by the people of eastern and central Africa.
www.africa.upenn.edu /K-12/menu_EduLANG.html   (0 words)

 African Languages - isiZulu (Zulu)
There are 10,677,305 (23.82 %) first language speakers [2001 census data], which makes this the language in South Africa with the most first language speakers.
isiZulu is a member of the "Nguni" language group, and is most closely related to isiXhosa, isiNdebele and SiSwati.
Lingua Consultants specialize in the medical, pharmaceutical and chemical fields in European and African languages.
africanlanguages.com /zulu   (476 words)

 Afrikanska språk vid GU
Between one and two thousand languages are spoken on the African continent.
In order to understand contemporary African societies it is vital to understand the complex language situation and its consequences in Africa.
ENAF" (Electronic Nordic Africa Forum) is intended as an information and discussion channel for scholars, teachers and students of African languages stationed/working in the Nordic countries.
www.african.gu.se /index-eng.html   (137 words)

 Bisharat! A12N gateway / Portail A12N
African language encoding, fonts, keyboards: discussion fora and reference pages.
Working group on African languages and ICT - focus on collating and presenting information on Unicode references for special characters used in African languages, and on character input.
Network on African languages and ICT - focus on sharing information and esperience in applications using African languages.
www.bisharat.net /A12N   (1737 words)

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