Nafara Language Project | Linguistics | SIU

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Nafara is a Senufo language of the Niger-Congo language family, spoken in the West African nation of Côte d’Ivoire. It has approximately 61,000 speakers. There has been very little prior linguistic research on Nafara.

These pages archive some of the work that has been done by students in the SIU Linguistics Department to document and analyze Nafara linguistic structure. The research took place during the Spring 2015 course Field Methods in Linguistics and in an independent study continuation in Fall 2015. Field Methods class sessions are spent eliciting words and phrases in the language so that we can identify the sounds and explore the grammar.

The participants that you will see are:

Linguistic consultant:
Image of Ivory Coast beachAminata Coulibaly

Dr. Vicki Carstens

Bertille Baron
Shantelle Colebrooke
Josh Dees

See and hear Aminata speaking Nafara.

View or download Research Papers that provide overviews of Nafara.