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African Languages

Featured Handbooks and Guides

Handbooks and guides typically offer the reader an opportunity to survey and learn about a broad field of scholarship in a comprehensive way.  They give a snap shop of the discipline covered at the time the book is published.  Unlike a retrospective collection of articles, these guides are written or edited as a planned and intentional effort, with chapters and sections interrelating and complimenting one another and thereby tend to be more readable and integrated research works. 

Good Starting Databases for African Languages and Linguistics

The following databases are good places to go to start researching your topic. Each database has a slightly different focus, so you might need to try out a couple of  databases before finding one that returns the sort of results you are looking for. 

Good Starting Journals for African Languages and Linguistics

The following are links to specific academic journals which are published and peer-reviewed by experts in the field. If you want to narrow your search to a specific topic, country, or issue, finding a journal that publishes in that area can help.

Search the entire library catalog here.

Materials on African languages are found under the "P" category on the 3rd floor of the Chester Fritz Library. 

PL8000-8844 African languages and literature 
PL8000-8009 Languages 
PL8009.5-8014 Literature
PL8015-8021 Languages. By region or country  
PL8024-8027 Special families of languages
PL8035-8844 Special languages (alphabetically)