Chadic Newsletter Online

ISSN 1618-7369

Grammatical Description of Buwal

Posted by useibert on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A PhD dissertation (700+  pages) on Buwal (Central Chadic) completed by Melanie Viljeon is available online at the SIL Cameroon website: A GRAMMATICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE BUWAL LANGUAGE (PDF, 9,1 MB)

More on Buwal on the SIL Cameroon website

Posted in Chadic, Download | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Mega-Chad / Méga-Tchad Communiqué Regarding Boko Haram

Posted by useibert on Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Permanent Committee of Mega-Chad has issued a public statement denouncing the violent activities of Boko Haram. The statement, with accompanying comments, can be found on the Méga-Tchad Blog.

Posted in Announcements | Leave a Comment »

More bibliographic references

Posted by useibert on Saturday, April 5, 2014

In the past, the printed version of Chadic Newsletter (which was discontinued in 1998) contained a section “New publications”. This section contained references to all the books and articles related to Chadic languages the editor was aware of.  In the present form of Chadic Newsletter Online, where news is spread in form of blog posts, this information could be spread much faster. The problem is: We are not always aware of everything that is published in our field. That is why we need your help!

Please don’t hesitate to send us details about your research, conference papers, publications, word lists, recordings, reviews, websites or anything else on Chadic you find interesting and want to share. On our contact page you can find more details about how to reach us.

More bibliographic references related to Chadic languages can be found in the collections of the Mega-Chad Association and also in Paul Newman’s Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics.


Posted in Publications | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

New publication on Mubi

Posted by useibert on Thursday, April 3, 2014


Book Cover: Reimer

A new volume (in French) on Mubi has been published at Reimer Verlag:

Herrmann Jungraithmayr. La langue mubi (République du Tchad). Précis de Grammaire – Textes – Lexique (Sprache und Oralität in Afrika, Volume 27).  226 p. + 1 Ill.; 17 × 24 cm, ISBN 978-3-496-02852-9, Price: 69,00 € [D] | 88,80 SFR [CH]

The book comprises a  sketch of the grammar (80 pages), a text collection (50 pages) and a lexicon (60 pages).

The following short description can be found at the website of Reimer Verlag:

“Le mubi (moubi) ou Monjul est une langue tchadique parlée par environ 35000 locuteurs dans l’est de la République Tchad. Il s’agit d’un membre particulièrement innovateur de la famille tchadique et qui représente la branche tchadique la plus éloignée du sud-ouest du phylum hamito-sémitique. Parmi ses traits caractéristiques, il y a l’apophonie allant dans le lexique et la morphologie, surtout dans la formation du système aspectuel binaire. En ce qui concerne le lexique, l’influence de l’arabe est forte. Ceci n’est pas surprenant dans le sens où l’islam et les dialectes arabes jouent un grand rôle dans la société mubi. Cependant, cette expansion de l’arabe pourrait mettre en danger les langues locales.”

A table of contents can also be downloaded at the website of Reimer Verlag.

Posted in Publications | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Topics in Chadic Linguistics VII has appeared

Posted by useibert on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Topics in Chadic Linguistics VII  has appeared as volume 8 of the publication series Chadic Linguistics · Linguistique Tchadique · Tschadistik at Rüdiger Köppe Verlag. The volume was edited by Henry Tourneux and contains papers from the 6th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages, which took place in Villejuif in September 22-23, 2011.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Chadic, Publications | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Programme of the 7th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL)

Posted by useibert on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The 7th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) is about to start. It will take place this week (September 12-14, 2013) and will be hosted at the Asien-Afrika-Institut (AAI), University of Hamburg, Germany.

Have a look at the programme (PDF file).

Posted in Conferences | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

BICCL 7 — Call for Papers

Posted by useibert on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Permanent  Committee  of  the  International  Colloquium  on  the  Chadic  Languages* is pleased to announce that the 7th Biennial International Colloquium on the Chadic Languages (BICCL) will be hosted at the Asien-Afrika-Institut (AAI), University of Hamburg, Germany from September 12 to September 14, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Chadic, Conferences, Hausa | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Paul Newman’s Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics

Posted by useibert on Thursday, May 30, 2013

The latest edition of Paul Newman‘s Chadic-Hausa Bibliography (2013) is now up and available for open use at the IU [Indiana University] ScholarWorks repository. The url is:  This Version02 is a corrected and expanded version of the bibliography that was posted early in 2012 on the DEVA site at the University of Bayreuth.

The Online Bibliography of Chadic and Hausa Linguistics (OBCHL) is an updated, expanded, and corrected edition of the bibliography published some fifteen years ago by Rüdiger Köppe Verlag (Newman 1996). That bibliography was built on valuable earlier works including Hair (1967), Newman (1971), Baldi (1977), R. M. Newman (1979), Awde (1988), and Barreteau (1993). The ensuing years have witnessed an outpouring of new publications on Chadic and Hausa, written by scholars from around the globe, thereby creating the need for a new, up-to-date bibliography.

The bibliography currently contains over 2700 main entries, dating from 1790 to 2012. A special feature, continued from the earlier printed volume, is the inclusion of book reviews along with the entry for the book in question. The bibliography is limited to works on languages and linguistics. It does not include publications concerned primarily with literature and literary analysis.

Posted in Chadic, Hausa | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

More Articles on Chadic languages online at JWAL

Posted by useibert on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The editors of the Journal of West African Languages (JWAL) have continued putting PDF versions of past articles on their web site.  All articles published before 2002 are now available for free download at   Check out what is online for Chadic including Hausa.

Posted in Articles, Chadic, Hausa, Websites | Leave a Comment »

The Chadic Language Family: Classification and Name Index

Posted by useibert on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Abstract: Due to the pioneering works of Lukas, Greenberg, Newman & Ma, and Hoffmann, beginning some 75 years ago, the basic classificatory framework for Chadic languages is now well established. The present paper provides a conservative, trustworthy classification of  the Chadic family as we now know it drawing on the latest knowledge available. The structure is that of a family with four major branches (I. West, II. Biu-Mandara, III. East, and IV. Masa), subclassified further into sub-branches, groups, and subgroups.

The classification itself is accompanied by a name index that permits the user to determine quickly the classificatory status of any language. Because of the vagaries of nomenclature covering long periods of time and reflecting linguistic, scholarly, and administrative traditions extending over large areas and multiple countries, more than 400 names have been found that refer to the 170 or so Chadic languages that we know of. The index thus also functions as a guide through the maze of confusing names by linking alternative names to the primary terms of reference adopted in the classification.

The author welcomes comments, corrections, and additions. You can also address email to pnxxpn at

Posted in Chadic, Publications | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: