On a language safari in Africa

There are at least 5000 languages in the world and no less than one third of them are spoken in Africa. Why so many, and what can we learn from that? In this children's lecture we go on a language safari in Africa. We go from a small mountain village in Ghana to the Rift valley in Kenya, and from the Tashelhiyt in southern Morocco to the click languages of South Africa. Along the way we learn a lot about language and linguistics: how you can write without an alphabet, why 'poemboeloe' means thick and not thin, why some languages sound like a beatbox, and that the word safari itself has been traveling from Arabic via Swahili to Dutch.

By Mark Dingemanse, Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University

In Dutch, but accessible for the deaf and hearing impaired

14:15 - 14:45

8 years and over

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