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Linguistic capacity building in Ethiopia (completed)

Ethiopia has 89 spoken languages plus sign language. Many of the languages are poorly described and lack basic resources.

Houses on brown ground in front and tall mountains in the skyline.
Photo: Wikimedia.

About the Project

The main aim of the project "Linguistic Capacity Building - Tools for the inclusive development of Ethiopia" is to increase the knowledge and capacity at Ethiopian universities to develop resources for disadvantaged spoken and signed languages, and with that provide the possibilities for children and adult speakers of these languages to use them in education and other democratic arenas that are important for the development of modern Ethiopia. By disadvantaged languages we mean those that are not fully researched, and that lack resources such as orthographies, descriptions of grammar, dictionaries and hence, teaching material.


The project is a collaboration between the University of Oslo, Addis Ababa University, Hawassa University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Sør-Trøndelag University College and Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing). The project has received funding from Norad through NORHED and will run from 2014 to 2020.

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Tags: Ethiopia, Global South
Published June 10, 2014 10:20 AM - Last modified Mar. 19, 2021 3:11 PM


Norwegian project coordinator:

Janne Bondi Johannessen

Below the project participant from UiO: