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African language - Research

The African languages group at Gothenburg University hosts the only master’s and doctoral degree program in African Languages in Scandinavia. Traditionally, the group has concentrated mainly on research on understudied and endangered Bantu languages, from both a linguistic and a sociolinguistic perspective.

Recent and current research focuses on languages of Tanzania (Kagulu, Kami, Kwere, Kutu, Luguru, Manda, Ndengeleko, Ngoni, Nguu, Zalamo and Zigua), as well as Malawi (Chichewa and CiTumbuka), South Africa (Zulu, Xhosa), Senegal and the Central African Republic. The research is mainly based on fieldwork, and all members of the group have considerable experience with language elicitation and documentation techniques.

The group actively participates in international conferences and workshops promoting research in African languages. Moreover, they hosted the Second International Conference on Bantu Languages, 4-6 October 2007, where research by Bantuists from all over the world was presented. It has led major regional projects on the languages of Botswana and Tanzania.

At the Department for Languages and Literatures at Gothenburg University, the group’s research contributes to the Diversity and Universals in Language research profile.

The results of the group’s research are presented regularly at professional conferences and in publications, as can be seen from consulting the links below to the individual web pages of the current members.


Contact Information

Laura J. Downing, Professor of African Languages

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Lundgrensgatan 7

031-786 5263

Page Manager: Annika Andersson|Last update: 3/2/2016

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