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Faculty of Languages and Literatures
African Languages & The Construction of Knowledge

Andrew Harvey is Junior Professor of African Languages & The Construction of Knowledge since 2022. From 2012 – during his Master's studies – to present, he has worked with several communities in central Tanzania, documenting and describing their languages, and learning how to do this in a community-focused manner along the way.

Beginning with work on Gorwaa (Afroasiatic, 2012-present) and expanding to Ihanzu (Niger-Congo, 2016-present) and Hadza (language isolate, 2019-present), Andrew's work engages with the complex language situation present in central Tanzania's Rift Valley, where languages of all four of Greenberg's (1963) African language phyla are spoken, and have been spoken for some time. His research foci include language contact and morphosyntax, with the understanding that any linguistic insight must be tied to a community-driven documentary record, combining and celebrating the languages, cultures, and histories of the speaker communities involved.

For further information, please visit Andrew's personal website:

Academic Degrees

2018Doctorate: Linguistics, SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom


Master's: Linguistics, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

2011Bachelor's: French and Linguistics, Memorial University, St. John's, Canada

Professional Background

Since 2022

Junior Professor of African Languages & The Construction of Knowledge, University of Bayreuth

2019 - 2021Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Netherlands
2018 - 2019Junior Fellow, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan



Faculty of Languages and Literatures
African Languages & The Construction of Knowledge

Andrew Harvey is a Junior Professor in the Faculty of Languages and Literatures at the University of Bayreuth. His interests include the languages of the Tanzanian rift, their documentation and description, their morphosyntax, and the histories and cultures of their speaker communities, especially as evinced through linguistic arts and language contact.


Faculty of Languages and Literatures
African Languages & The Construction of Knowledge



Didier Demolin, Alain Ghio, Andrew Harvey: Acoustic and Aerodynamic Features of Hadza Clicks. In: Radek Skarnitzl, Jan Volín (Hrsg.): Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. - Prag : 2023. - S. 3387-3391.

Alexander Andrason, Andrew Harvey, Richard Griscom: The form of emotions: the phonetics and morphology of interjections in Hadza. In: Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics, 59 (2023). - S. 289-314.

Hedvig Skirgård, Hannah J. Haynie, Damián E. Blasi, Harald Hammarström, Jeremy Collins, Jay J. Latarche, Jakob Lesage, Tobias Weber, Alena Witzlack-Makarevich, Sam Passmore, Angela Chira, Luke Maurits, Russell Dinnage, Michael Dunn, Ger Reesink, Ruth Singer, Claire Bowern, Patience Epps, Jane Hill, Outi Vesakoski, Martine Robbeets, Noor Karolin Abbas, Daniel Auer, Nancy A. Bakker, Giulia Barbos, Robert D. Borges, Swintha Danielsen, Luise Dorenbusch, Ella Dorn, John Elliott, Giada Falcone, Jana Fischer, Yustinus Ghanggo Ate, Hannah Gibson, Hans-Philipp Göbel, Jemima A. Goodall, Victoria Gruner, Andrew Harvey, Rebekah Hayes, Leonard Heer, Roberto E. Herrera Miranda, Nataliia Hübler, Biu Huntington-Rainey, Jessica K. Ivani, Marilen Johns, Erika Just, Eri Kashima, Carolina Kipf, Janina V. Klingenberg, Nikita König, Aikaterina Koti, Richard G. A. Kowalik, Olga Krasnoukhova, Nora L. M. Lindvall, Mandy Lorenzen, Hannah Lutzenberger, Tânia R. A. Martins, Celia Mata German, Suzanne van der Meer, Jaime Montoya Samamé, Michael Müller, Saliha Muradoglu, Kelsey Neely, Johanna Nickel, Miina Norvik, Cheryl Akinyi Oluoch, Jesse Peacock, India O. C. Pearey, Naomi Peck, Stephanie Petit, Sören Pieper, Mariana Poblete, Daniel Prestipino, Linda Raabe, Amna Raja, Janis Reimringer, Sydney C. Rey, Julia Rizaew, Eloisa Ruppert, Kim K. Salmon, Jill Sammet, Rhiannon Schembri, Lars Schlabbach, Frederick W. P. Schmidt, Amalia Skilton, Wikaliler Daniel Smith, Hilário de Sousa, Kristin Sverredal, Daniel Valle, Javier Vera, Judith Voß, Tim Witte, Henry Wu, Stephanie Yam, Jingting Ye, Maisie Yong, Tessa Yuditha, Roberto Zariquiey, Robert Forkel, Nicholas Evans, Stephen C. Levinson, Martin Haspelmath, Simon J. Greenhill, Quentin D. Atkinson, Russell D. Gray: Grambank reveals the importance of genealogical constraints on linguistic diversity and highlights the impact of language loss. In: Science Advances, 9 (2023). - .

Andrew Harvey, Hannah Gibson, Richard Griscom: Preverbal clitic clusters in the Tanzanian Rift Valley revisited. In: Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 44 (2023). - S. 175-239.

Bonny Sands, Andrew Harvey, Richard Griscom: Reconnecting through language in Africa. In: Living Languages = Lenguas Vivas = Línguas Vivas, 2 (2023). - S. 178-221.

Bonny Sands, Andrew Harvey, Maarten Mous, Mauro Tosco: Why Hadza is (probably) not Afroasiatic : a discussion of Militarev’s “Hadza as Afrasian?”. In: Journal of Language Relationship = Вопросы языкового родства, 21 (2023). - S. 91-109.


Andrew Harvey: Gorwaa DoReCo dataset, Seifart, Frank ; Paschen, Ludger ; Stave, Matthew (eds.): Language Documentation Reference Corpus (DoReCo) 1.2. Berlin ; Lyon: Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft & laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage (UMR5596, CNRS & Université Lyon 2), 2022


Herman Malleyeck, Andrew Harvey: A dataset of personal names in Gisamjanga Datooga, 2021

Rift Valley Bibliography Version 1.4, 2021


Andrew Harvey: Wolff, H. Ekkehard (Ed.): The Cambridge Handbook of African Linguistics. Cambridge, 2019. In:Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 83, S. 386-388: 2020

Richard Griscom, Andrew Harvey: Hadza : an archive of language and cultural material from the Hadzabe people of Eyasi (Arusha, Manyara, Singida, and Simiyu regions, Tanzania), 2020


Andrew Harvey: Gorwaa (Tanzania) - Language Contexts. In: Language Documentation and Description, 16 (2019). - S. 127-168.

Andrew Harvey: Ihanzu : an archive of language and cultural material from the Ihanzu people of Mkalama (Singida region, Tanzania), 2019

Andrew Harvey, Bu'ú Saqwaré, Paschal Bu'ú, Raheli Lawi: Koonkír Hhandoo. In: Chris McCabe (Hrsg.): Poems from the Edge of Extinction : an Anthology of Poetry in Endangered Languages. - London : Chambers, 2019. - S. 42-51.


Andrew Harvey:The Gorwaa Noun : Toward a description of the Gorwaa language. - London: 2018.
(Dissertation, 2018, SOAS, University of London)

Andrew Harvey: Pakani : A Gorwaa story. In: The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, 11 (2018). - S. 153-184.

Andrew Harvey: Word-markers : Toward a morphosyntactic description of the Gorwaa noun. In: SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics, 19 (2018). - S. 49-89.

Andrew Harvey: Mous, Maarten: Alagwa : a South Cushitic language of Tanzania: Grammar, Texts and Lexicon. Köln, 2016. In:Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, 39, S. 115-120: 2018


Andrew Harvey: Gorwaa : an archive of language and cultural material from the Gorwaa people of Babati (Manyara Region, Tanzania), 2017


Andrew Harvey, Abel Yamwaka Mreta: Swahili Loanwords in Gorwaa and Iraqw : Phonological and Morphological Observations. In: Kiswahili, 79 (2016). - S. 156-177.


Andrew Harvey: Epenthetic vowels in Swahili loanwords. In: Journal of Linguistics and Language in Education, 8 (2014). - S. 17-45.


Faculty of Languages and Literatures
African Languages & The Construction of Knowledge

Prof. Dr. Andrew Harvey

E-Mail: andrew.harvey@uni-bayreuth.de

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Juniorprofessor Andrew Harvey