SIL Electronic Survey Reports

Information about some very poorly documented Chadic languages has been in published in SIL Electronic Survey Reports. Here is a description of the contents of the series found on their website:

SIL Electronic Survey Reports (SILESR) are published by SIL International (Dallas, Texas). The series publishes reports on sociolinguistic surveys carried out by SIL field members and others. They are usually preliminary work papers and not presented as polished research. They are based on field notes and are in some cases the work of young sociolinguists with minimal training.

Here are reports on Chadic languages found in this series:

Check for other languages.


Yobe Languages Research Project

The Yobe Languages Research Project, initiated by Russell G. Schuh at U.C.L.A., is focused on five Chadic minority languages indigenous to Yobe State, Nigeria: Bade, Bole, Karekare, Ngamo, and Ngizim. The goal of the project is to document and develop these languages, which have substantial communities of first language speakers.

On the project web site one can find word lists of, articles on, greetings, proverbs, songs and tales in and other information about these five languages. Follow these links to see what is there:

Festschrift for Gudrun Miehe

A Festschrift for Gudrun Miehe with the title “Zwischen Bantu und Burkina. Festschrift für Gudrun Miehe zum 65. Geburtstag” has been published by Rüdiger Köppe Verlag on the occasion of her 65th birthday. It has been edited by her colleagues in Bayreuth, Dymitr Ibriszimow and Kerstin Winkelmann.

Two articles deal with topics related to Chadic:

More information on the contents of the Festschrift can be found at the website of Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.

Búun Saba — Proverbs, Sayings and Maxims in Eastern Tangale

A new publication by Herrmann Jungraithmayr on “Proverbs, Sayings and Maxims in Eastern Tangale” has just appeared.

More details about this publication (in German, click to translate) can be found at the website of Rüdiger Koeppe Verlag.

Web resources for African Languages

At Web resources for African Languages, a private website run by Jouni F. Maho, one can find links to online materials on many Chadic languages, including articles, dictionaries, sound files and word lists.

In the next few days, we will have a look at some of the materials found on this website in more detail.

A new year and a new start

Chadic Newsletter is a publication that has a long tradition (Read our About page). After appearing in printed form for more than 30 years, in the past few years it was continued electronically, in form of a website which was updated from time to time.

In the meantime, new technologies have been developed. In the past few years, weblogs have become a very popular way of online publishing. Writing a weblog entry is very simple — nearly as simple as writing an email message — and it is an excellent way of sharing information quickly.

Therefore, starting today, Chadic Newsletter will be published in the form of a weblog, which will carry the name Chadic Newsletter Online.

We hope that our readers will accept this new means of publication. We are very eager to read your comments. A very nice and useful feature of weblogs is that you can add your comments right at the bottom of each post.

Best wishes for a happy and successful year 2007 to all of you!

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