The project forms a collaborative team of the following people (to be extended):

Jenneke 2014Jenneke van der Wal (project leader) is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. After obtaining her PhD degree at the same institute in 2009, she worked on grammaticalisation at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Belgium), was part of the ERC project ‘Rethinking Comparative Syntax‘ at the University of Cambridge, and taught at Harvard University. Her research combines finding new data from Bantu languages with developing theories on the interface between syntax and information structure.

Allen Asiimwe (collaborator) holds a PhD in African Languages from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her dissertation focussed on Definiteness and Specificity marking in Runyankore-Rukiga (Bantu- Uganda, JE 13/14). She is a Lecturer in the Department of African Languages at Makerere University, Kampala (Uganda). Allen is a reader in morphology and syntax of Bantu languages, with special focus on the Runyankore-Rukiga language cluster. She has a passion for language description and documentation of lesser-studied Bantu Languages of Uganda. She is one of the contributors of data on Runyankore-Rukiga to an online database (Typecraft).

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREAmani Lusekelo (collaborator) holds a Ph.D. (African Languages and Literature) from the University of Botswana where he wrote a thesis on object marking and verbal extensions in Nyakyusa. Currently, he is employed by the Department of Languages and Literature at Dar es Salaam University College of Education (University of Dar es Salaam) in Tanzania. Bantu syntax is one of his research interests, particularly on the syntax of object marking and the structure of the noun phrase, with publications such as “The structure of the Nyakyusa noun phrase”, “DP-internal and V-external agreement patterns in Eastern Bantu: Re-statement of the facts in Eastern Bantu” (Journal of Linguistics and Language in Education 2013), and “Distribution of ɸ-features in Bantu DPs and vPs: The Case of Concord and Agree in Kiswahili and Kinyakyusa” (Journal of Linguistics and Language in Education 2015). He also conducts research on contact linguistics in Tanzania, publishing on lexicon, sociolinguistic aspects, and education.

Peter Muriungi picturePeter Kinyua Muriungi (collaborator) holds a PhD from University of Tromsø, Norway, his dissertation being on Phrasal Movement Inside Bantu Verbs, Deriving Affix Scope and Order in Kiitharaka. He is currently the Principal of Tharaka University College, a newly established public university college in Kenya. His research interests lie within syntactic theory and comparative syntax; notably the syntax of questions, focus, and verbal, affix and modifier order, particularly in Bantu languages.

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Ernest Nshemezimana (collaborator) is currently at the University of Burundi located in Bujumbura, capital city of Burundi. He obtained his master’s degree in linguistics from the Catholic University of Louvain in 2010, and was granted a scholarship to pursue his PhD studies at the University of Ghent, where he obtained his PhD in African Languages and Cultures in 2016. He has worked as a teaching assistant in the Kirundi-Kiswahili department at the University of Burundi since 2007 and returned after his PhD as a Lecturer teaching linguistics courses applied to Kirundi and Kiswahili. His research interests lie in the description and analysis of Bantu languages, with a focus on Kirundi.

Aurélio Simango (collaborator) is a researcher and lecturer in Portuguese, Changana (S53, South Africa/Mozambique) and African linguistics and sociolinguistics, associated with the Section of Bantu Languages of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Eduardo Mondlane University. His research activities and interests include language variation and contact, languages and education (planning, politics and practices), bilingual education and Bantu descriptive linguistics.

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Jekura U. Kavari (collaborator) is Associate Professor at the University of Namibia. He has extensive teaching experience in the fields of oral literature, linguistics, education and culture. His special research interests involve Otjiherero literature and translation, and the description and analysis of Otjiherero (R30, Namibia), on which he has published a number of articles and a grammar.



Nelsa Nhantumbo (collaborator) works at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique. She will focus on Copi (S61).

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