New course on the languages of Africa



The linguistics department is offering a new course, LING 308: Languages of Africa. Text from the flyer is below.


A third of the world’􏵚s languages are spoken in Africa. In this course the students will be given the opportunity􏵛 to study􏵛 Africans, their languages, and their cultures from the ground up, not only􏵛 through textbooks and data sets but also through inquisitive explorations of African heritage through language projects. The course presents a survey􏵛 of the languages of Africa, including typological and historical connections between languages; sound systems, word structures, sentence structures, semantics, and sociolinguistic properties of a representative selection of languages.