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African language - Research

The African languages group at the University of Gothenburg 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. Current research focuses on languages of Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, and Tanzania. The research is mainly based on fieldwork, and all members of the group have considerable experience with language elicitation and documentation techniques.

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

The results of the group’s research are presented regularly at international conferences and in peer-reviewed publications, as can be seen from consulting the links below to the web pages of the individual researchers.


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: 10/10/2019

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