This endeavour was conceived in the Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics (FLL) of the University of Dar-es-Salaam (UDSM) in cooperation with colleagues from University of Gothenburg, in particular the Founding Professor of African Linguistics at the Department, Tore Janson.
The project has two major objectives. First it seeks to produce a language atlas showing the geographical location of the Tanzanian languages, number of speakers for each language, and the genetic classification of the languages in question.
Second, the project will produce a series of descriptive studies which will document the grammar and vocabulary of each of the languages spoken in Tanzania, excluding the already well-documented Swahili. The materials put together under this project will form the base of a Tanzanian languages archives.
The research team is led by Dr H.R.T. Muzale and Prof. J.M. Rugemalira of FLL, in collaboration with the African Linguistics group at University of Gothenburg. This group was initially headed by Tore Janson and now by Laura Downing, who succeeded Karsten Legère as Professor of African Languages in August 2012.
The initial phase of the project was implemented from 2001 to 2004, the 2nd phase from 2004-2008, and the third phase comes to an end in March 2014. The entire project has been financed by Swedish SIDA/SAREC.
For the Tanzanian part see Languages of Tanzania (LoT)
Project participants: Henry Muzale, Tove Rosendal, Laura Downing, Malin Petzell, Eva-Marie Ström, Christina Thornell, Karsten Legère, Josephat Rugemalira