At the University of Bayreuth (UBT), the study of African languages is a multifaceted endeavor. We consider African languages in all their manifestations and dynamics – from words and sentences to novels and poems – as primary keys to African concepts and lifeworlds. The four units, African Linguistics I & II, Literatures in African Languages, and African and Afrophone Philosophies, complement each other in teaching and research:
African Linguistics I
Niger-Congo languages with regional foci on Bantu languages of Southern Africa; also on Gur and Mande languages as well as thematic foci on historical linguistics, language description, language contact, and sociolinguistics.
African Linguistics II
African language phyla other than Niger-Congo, with a focus on Afroasiatic languages, especially Chadic and Berber. Thematic foci include comparative-historical linguistics, ethnolinguistics, areal linguistics, and cognitive linguistics.
Literatures in African Languages
Focus on comparative literatures in African languages, Swahili literature, manuscript studies and poetics with a regional focus on Eastern Africa.
African and Afrophone Philosophies
The Professorship of African and Afrophone Philosophies delivers teaching and research in the fields of African and Comparative Philosophy as well as in Afrophone Philosophies (philosophies in African languages).
African Languages and the Construction of Knowledge
The newly added department of African Languages and the Construction of Knowledge is the fifth department in the Faculty of African Languages and Literatures.
Members of the five departments are actively involved in the academic projects of the Institute of African Studies
For more information on the departments of African Linguistics I, African Linguistics II, Literatures in African Languages, and African and Afrophone Philosophies, see: About.