Danielle Barth
Matukar (Panau) Project, 2010-2011

Ms. BarthDanielle Barth was appointed Living Tongues Institute Fellow in 2010. She spent several months living and working in Matukar assisting in the Matukar Talking Dictionary and Online Grammar Project.

She returned to Matukar in 2011 as well as 2013 for further field sessions where more details of the grammar were worked out and more forms and media content for the Talking Dictionary were collected, serving as assistant to the Matukar Project leader Rudolf Raward. Danielle Barth is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon.


Anna Pucilowski
Ho Language Project, 2008-2009

Ms. PucilowskiAnna Pucilowski was the first Living Tongues Institute Fellow appointed in 2008. During 2008-2009, she coordinated and executed the second and most comprehensive stage of the Ho Talking Dictionary and Online Grammar Project, working closely with members of the Ho speaking community of Jharkhand.

She has presented and published a range of studies on the Ho language. Anna graduated with her Ph.D from the Linguistics Department at the University of Oregon. Her dissertation was on the Ho verbal system.


Sophie Salffner
Nigeria Projects Coordinator, 2012 – present.

Dr. SalffnerSophie Salffner joined the Living Tongues Institute as a Fellow in 2012. Sophie has been working with the Akaan people of Ikakumo (Ondo State, Nigeria) since 2006 to work on the documentation and description of Ikaan, the language of the Akaan.

Together, they have published a small book on proverbs, riddles and stories in Ikaan and are now training the children and young people in photography, audio recording and computer skills to help with collecting material on people’s everyday life.

Since she started working in Nigeria, Sophie has been collaborating closely with local colleagues and is now helping Living Tongues to co-coordinate the project activities of the Akoko Languages Talking Dictionaries Project. Sophie is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Grace Adeola, Ikaan speaker, and Sophie Salffner on a farmwalk to Mrs Adeola’s farm. IIkakumo, Ondo State, Nigeria, 28 June 2012. Photo taken by Fred Adekanye.


Bolanle Elizabeth Arokoyo
Olukumi Language Projects, 2013 – present

Bolanle Elizabeth Arokoyo holds a PhD in Linguistics. Her doctoral work focused on syntax and first language acquisition.

She has worked extensively on Yoruba as well as Okun dialects of Yoruba and Olukumi. She is presently working on the linguistics of Owe (a dialect of Yoruba) and the grammar of Olukumi. She is a Lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. She has worked on the Olukumi Talking Dictionary.


Zimbabwe Fellows

In 2014, eight new Living Tongues fellows were appointed in Zimbabwe. All recently completed their first-level digital literacy skills and training in basic applied technology for language documentation at a workshop in March 2014 at the African Languages Research Institute, University of Zimbabwe located in Harare, Zimbabwe.

These linguists/language activists all took part in building the first-ever Talking Dictionaries created in their native tongues.

Mr. Admire Phiri | Tshwao Talking Dictionary

Admire Phiri


Mr. Emmanuel Sithole | Ndau Talking Dictionary

Emmanuel Sithole


Dr Ignatius T. Mabasa | Shona Talking Dictionary

Ignatius T. Mabasa


Mr. Mthulisi Ncube | Kalanga Talking Dictionary

Mthulisi Ncube


Ms. Pediatrice Sibanda | Nambya Talking Dictionary 

Pediatrice Sibanda


Mr. Reggemore Marongedze | Chikunda Talking Dictionary 

Reggemore Marongedze


Mr. Robert Chimbiti | Chikunda Talking Dictionary

Robert Chimbiti


Ms. Tabona Nyoni | Nambya Talking Dictionary

Tabona Nyoni

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