Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

04.01. Colloquium on African linguistics: Santandrea's Aja corpus (Schünke, MA defense)

“Santandreaʼs Aja corpus and a description of the nominal morphosyntax” - Talk by Anja Schünke (HU Berlin, Master's thesis defense) given within the digital colloquium of African linguistics and languages
  • When Jan 04, 2022 from 04:15 to 05:45
  • Where Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstr. 118, room 410 & via Zoom
  • Contact Name Christfried Naumann (christfried.naumann (AT), please contact for Zoom access information)
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Aja (also: Adja, Ajja; ISO 639-3) is spoken in the northwest of South Sudan, in the Western Bahr al Ghazal state. It is assigned to the Central Sudanic language family, although a final classification is still pending. The last reliable figures on the speaker population date back to 1993 and included about 200 speakers. This makes Aja a highly endangered if not already extinct languages of Africa. The data used goes back to the Italian missionary Stefano Santandrea who published his description of Aja in 1976. The presentation will give a general summary of the thesis, taking into account the comments made by the reviewers.


Santandrea, Stefano. 1976. The Kresh Group, Aja and Baka Languages (Sudan): A linguistic contribution. Napoli: Instituto Universitario Orientale.