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The National Science Foundation has awarded Principal Investigator Ken Safir with a $76,000 supplemental grant to extend the Afranaph Project for an additional year. At our current rate of expenditure, we expect the project to continue at least through 2017 with external funding, although there are strategies to keep the work going even if external funding ends.

The new multi-portal database design, many years in the making, has finally replaced the African Anaphora Database that has been our sole database since 2008. The new design incorporates all the data of the previous database but now permits different projects to access and add to the common database available to all portals, while organizing the data in distinctive ways in portals customized to serve different research interests. For more information about the new design, see About the Afranaph Database and if you would like to try it out, you might like to consult A Guide to the Afranaph Database or just dive in by opening a portal of the Afranaph Database.  Thanks to the completion of the new design, a wealth of new data, long ready for entry into the database, will be entered over the 2015-2016 academic year. Now that the portal prototype is designed, new portals can be customized for new projects in a very short time. The same design will make it possible for Afranaph to offer new services (see Plans for the Future). 

Afranaph Technical Reports

In addition to the case files on our site, where grammar sketches, anaphora sketches and other language specific essays and materials are to be found, it has always been our hope that our project would inspire theoretical and empirical work that makes use of the crosslinguistic data and analysis that our project has made available, and now we are ready to inaugurate our open-ended series of Technical Reports. These reports will occasionally be preliminary versions of essays that may eventually be revised for publication elsewhere (like Technical Report #1) and they will touch upon any topic relevant to empirical domains addressed by Afranaph or Afranaph sister projects.


Afranaph sadly notes the passing of Professor Pius Tamanji, an outstanding scholar who made his mark in a career cut far too short. As the Afranaph consultant for Bafut and one who encouraged others to participate in Afranaph, he played a major role in getting us off the ground for which we will always be grateful. As Professor Mutaka's obituary for Prof. Tamanji makes clear, his influence was broad and deep both on scholarship and all those around him to whom he was an outstanding mentor, colleague and leader.

The Afranaph Project Development Workshop II will be held on December 12-14, 2013 at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick.

The Second Afranaph Project Development Workshop is supported by a grant from the National Science foundation, BCS-1256137 and the Afranaph Project as a whole is supported by NSF BCS-1324404.


About the Workshop

The Afranaph Project, http://www.africananaphora.rutgers.edu/ , which was founded in 2003 and was originally designed to explore empirical patterns of anaphoric phenomena in the languages of Africa, has expanded its empirical scope in the past two years to by launching five Afranaph Sister Projects, which are explorations into other domains of grammar in the languages of Africa. The purpose of this workshop is to encourage the development of new research that exploits and/or expands our data and our database, to consider proposals for new domains of research that suit our methodology and resources, and to bring together those who have worked on Sister Projects or on languages that Afranaph has elicited data for. The talks will report on the work of existing Sister Projects, will propose new Sister Projects, or will address research questions that arise in the investigation of languages currently in our case files (or that soon will be).

Although new funding has been secured for the next three years, we will also have a business meeting to discuss a framework for funding of the project over the long term and to consider how the project can be developed over the next several years to better serve the research community.

Our workshop welcomes the participation of linguistic theorists, linguists specializing in comparative African linguistics, and native speaker language consultants already working with our project (with the understanding that these are usually overlapping categories)..Besides those participating in the project and speaking at the workshop, the general; public is welcome to attend. There is no conference registration fee, although participants are asked to register for our records.


Conference Program

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Call for Papers