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Resourcing African Languages, Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), University of Maryland
Title: Resourcing African Languages, Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), University of Maryland
URL: http://www.casl.umd.edu/africa
Creator: Center for Advanced Study of Language <College Park, Md.>
Abstract: Founded in 2003 as a US Department of Defense (DoD) university affiliated research center with a nationally recognized research staff, the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is the first and only national resource dedicated to addressing the language needs of the Intelligence Community (IC). The objective of African Language Identification and Familiarization Aid (ALIFA) is to provide a multi-purpose, interactive map-based portal for: African language/language family identification based on phonological features, or speech sounds. General familiarization with major African languages, language families, and language dynamics in regions of national security interest, e.g., Horn of Africa, Niger Basin. Linking to the extensive body of resources and language data already available on African languages. Recognizing some 1,600- 2,300 distinct languages and dialects organized under four or more macro-families, ALIFA addresses the pervasive linguistic diversity of Africa in terms that can be put to use by area language professionals as well as personnel with little or no prior knowledge of the languages Africa. [according to site editor's information]
Keywords: African languages
Countries: Africa. General Resources
Subject areas: Language ยป Languages of African Origin
Location of the site's editor: USA
Resource type: Universities and Departments;
Research facilities
Language: English
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