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Professor of Languages and Acting Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Angelina Kioko contributes to a discussion during the workshop on “Documenting Endangered and Threatened Languages of East Africa” on Tuesday, July 24 at the Freida Brown Student Center. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI

By Angelina Kioko

Acting Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science Prof. Angelina Kioko is participating in a “Documenting Endangered and threatened languages of East Africa” project workshop, which began on Monday July 23 and ends on Saturday, July 28 in the Freida Brown Student Center. The project, which is sponsored by Alliance for African Partnership - an initiative of Michigan State University - is a collaboration between Prof. Kioko; Ann Biersteker and Deo Ngonyani of Michigan State University; and Josephat Rugemarila of Tumaini University in Dar es Salaam.

The workshop’s objectives included Initiating a program to mentor young researchers in East Africa in field research, language documentation, authorship and publishing; Creating a network of scholars who will work with communities in recognition, appreciation and documentation of cultural heritage of different communities; and Dissemination of research and contribution to the creation of knowledge that springs from the study of the languages. 

The 13 participants are drawn from Tumaini University, University of Dar es Salaam, Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and USIU-Africa.