Tag Archives: Language

East Africa’s first ‘newspaper’

It has come to my attention that Msimulizi, a newspaper published from 1888 in Zanzibar (Tanzania), has been digitized and is now available in full text online. The catalog record from SOAS, University of London, includes the following contextual information: For historic context see: Sturmer, Martin. The Media history of Tanzania. (Ndanda, Tanzania : Ndanda […]

George Fortune manuscripts open for research

I’m delighted to announce that the George Fortune Papers, 1869-2006 (2013 accretion with significant updates to the original finding aid) now are open for research. A small selection of items from the collection are available online. This has been a fascinating collection to work with and has the potential to support a variety of research projects. I’m personally charmed by the […]

Arabic script paleography symposium

The Islamic Manuscript Association, in collaboration with the Department of Classics at King’s College London and the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation, is pleased to announce a symposium on the palaeography of Arabic-script languages at King’s College London’s Great Hall on the Strand, London, on Monday, 24 August. Compared with the well-established Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Coptic palaeographic […]

African languages in the US Census

Reblogging from discussion posted July 4, 2015 by Don Osborn on the H-Africa network: A feature article in Slate last May (note 1) used US census data in creating a map of the most commonly spoken African languages by state. Of the five languages and language cagegories that were shown on the map, two were obvious (Amharic and […]

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) 2015

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) 2015: Domestic Intensive Summer Program: June 10 – July 31, 2015 The 2015 African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) Domestic Intensive Summer Program is hosted by the Center for African Studies and the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Culture, University of Florida, on behalf of the Institute of International Education (IIE). […]

First African language articles published in mainstream journal

The first two papers to be published by a mainstream journal in an African language are now freely available online! They are in the current issue of Journal of African Cultural Studies: ‘Rũrĩmĩ na karamu: ithoga harĩ athamaki a Abirika‘, written and published in Gĩkũyũ. English language translation: ‘Tongue and pen: a challenge to philosophers […]

Africa’s Sources of Knowledge in Ajami Scripts

In this video of a lecture given on March 21, 2013 at Dickinson College, Fallou Ngom, Associate Professor and Director of the African Language Program at Boston University,  addresses the myth of illiteracy in Islamized areas of Africa. It highlights important sources of African knowledge written in the modified classical Arabic script known as Ajami. The event […]