Africa: Languages & Softwares
Example of Spoken Afrikaans. Afrikaans is the home language of about 7 million people, mostly in South Africa and Namibia. It belongs to the family of Germanic languages. It is part of the West Germanic subgroup and is, in
fact, its newest member. Afrikaans is closely related to Dutch, and has been influenced by French, English and Malay
2008 Summer Cooperative
African Language Institute (SCALI)
SCALI provides a unique opportunity to meet persons interested in
Africa from across the United States. The Institute exposes learners to
the culture and traditions associated with the chosen language inside and
outside the classroom. Extracurricular activities designed to enhance the
SCALI program include research forums, conversation hours, cooking
demonstrations, African film showings, and language and culture
Arabic at U of Pennsylvania
Penn's pioneer role in the implementation of proficiency-based instruction and testing has made
its Arabic program one of the most prominent Arabic programs in the country.
The Arabic Macintosh An
Informal Resource Centre (Knut S. Vik┐r)
On these pages are collected various notes related to the use of computers and the computer
networks for the Middle Eastern or Arabic scholar. They all are culled either from discussions that
have taken place on e-mail or the otherwise, or from printed articles elsewhere.
Arabic Software Digest
Information on Arabic software, fonts, dictionaries and catalogues.
Arabic for Windows
Instructions on Arabic language support in Windows, Arabic keyboard, and
writing from right to left.
Resources on Egyptian Hieroglyphs.
Classification of African Languages
List of all African Languages
Basic Lessons in Hieratic
Take online lessons on Hieratic. Hieratic is the cursive form of Hieroglyphic writing which the Egyptians used for everday writing. Hieratic developed very early in Egyptian history, and remained in use for most documents until around 700BCE when it
was replaced by Demotic. However, Hieratic was still used for religious documents on papyrus until the old priesthood was disbanded. Hieratic, as the practical form of writing, was the first type of writing that the Egyptian scribes learned. Hieroglyphi
cs were only taught to advanced students. As a result, many scribes could not read Hieroglyphic inscriptions, or only with difficulty. This is, of course, exactly the opposite of what occurs now - Hieroglyphs first, then Hieratic for a select few. Hier
atic texts are now usually transcribed into Hieroglyphs in order to be studied.
Deutsche Welle Online
The site provides a compehensive news coverage in different languages including Arabic, Swahili, and Hausa.
Includes the latest release of HieroTeX, a latex system for hieroglyphs.
The UCLA Hausa Home Page
This page provides comprehensive resources on Hausa, as well as links to other pages on the Hausa language, people and news.
Home Page (Kassim Abdullah)
Introductory Kiswahili Lessons. Kiswahili is an African language
spoken mainly by the people of eastern and central Africa.
Includes: short introduction to hieroglyphs, a database of hieroglyphic texts, a short
bibliography on Ancient Egypt, hieroglyphs for LateX and how to wrtie your name in hieroglyphs.
Noun Classification in
This paper is a report on research in progress on the semantics and syntax of noun classes in
The Kamusi Project
The Internet Living Swahili Dictionary (Yale University), is a collaborative work by people all
over the world. The aim is to establish new dictionaries of the Swahili language, both within Swahili
and between Swahili and English.
A Primer on Speaking and Writing Luganda
Luganda, the native language of the people of Buganda (Uganda), developed over the centuries as a spoken language. The following discussion is neither meant to be a grammar nor a dictionary of the language. The focus is solely on how the language is w
ritten (i.e. transcribing sound into alphabetic characters). T
Sesotho - Southern Sotho
Sesotho was one of the first African languages to be reduced to writing, and it has an extensive literature. According to scholars the written form was originally based on the Tlokwa dialect. Today the written language is mostly based on the Kwena and Fo
Writing in Egypt under Greek and
Roman Rule (Peter van Minnen)
Named (provisionally) Thesaurus Linguae Aethiopicae, the project aims
at creating machine-readable and SGML-encoded (according to the guidelines
of TEI P 3) Ethiopic texts and collecting them in a corpus for further
Ancient texts in Hieratic, Demotic, Greek and Coptic.