Dr. Rose Aziza is a Professor of Linguistics at the Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. Her area of specialization is Phonology. She has worked extensively on various aspects of Nigerian languages, especially her native language, Urhobo, a relatively little known language of southern Nigeria with over two million native speakers. Rose has described the phonology, morphology and syntax of Urhobo. Since 1990, she has pioneered the study of Urhobo as an academic discipline in the two tertiary institutions in the Urhobo area of Delta State, namely, College of Education, Warri, which produces middle level manpower for the primary and secondary school levels, and Delta State University where it is an undergraduate degree option. She is a member of a number of national and international professional/ learned societies and has published widely both locally and internationally.
Derib Ado Jekale is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at Adis Abbaba University (AAU). His PhD dissertation (2011) is titled 'An Acoustic Analysis of Amharic vowels, plosives and ejectives'. His MA thesis, also from AAU (2004) was 'The structure of Noun Phrase in Yem (an Omotic language spoken in southwest Ethiopia)'. His interests include experimental phonetics, and phonology.
Oumarou Boukari studied general linguistics with a focus on African linguistics at the university of Abidjan-Cocody (Ivory Coast) from 1996-1999. He wrote his masters degree between the universities of Bayreuth (Germany) and Abidjan-Cocody on tone in a kwa language entitled ‘Système tonal de l’Abouré parler de Bonoua’. From 2001 to 2002, he wrote his DEA (Diplôme d’Étude Approfondie) on the nominal system of the same language: ‘Système nominal de l’Abouré parler de Bonoua’ (also between Bayreuth (one semester) and Abidjan (one semester)). In 2002 he began a first Ph.D project on Pré entitled ‘Description systématique du prépissia’. After more than two years of field work, he was obliged to change the subject and to start a new Ph. D. project at the university of Bayreuth. The new project was on discourse markers in Songhay, with focus on Songhay-Zarma. In May, 2008, he successfully defended his Ph.D (Suma cum laude) entitled Articulation du discours dans le Songhay: pour une approche syntaxique et sémantico-pragmatique du songhay á partir de quelques connecteurs du songhay-zarma.
Ngessimo Mathe Mutaka is a full professor of linguistics at the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon. He graduated at the University of Southern California Los Angeles, in 1990. His Ph.D. thesis entitled the Lexical tonology of Kinande (223p) has been published by Lincom Europa. He is the author of the Kinande-English Dictionary/ Dictionnaire Kinande-Français with late Kambale Kavutirwaki. The English version of this dictionary that comprises useful grammatical notes on Kinande is published on the Afranaph website. The French version will soon be available on the website of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium). His publications include An Introduction to African linguistics (317p), Research mate in African linguistics: focus on Cameroon. A fieldworker’s tool for deciphering the stories Cameroonian languages have to tell (360p), Building capacity: using TEFL and African languages as development-oriented literacy tools (193p), more than forty papers of linguistics published in recognized journals, and two books on AIDS prevention in both English and French.
Ngessimo Mathe Mutaka
Dept of Linguistics,
Univ. of Yaounde 1,
P.O. Box 755
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