A message from the President

Welcome to the Indiana University African Languages Club! Our history is so far a short one. The club was started in the fall of 2006 by two first- year graduate students in Linguistics, Christopher Green and I. Thanks to the club’s advisor, Dr. Alwiya Omar, IU African Language Coordinator, and Kiswahili Professor, and the African Studies and Linguistics Departments’ encouragement, we formed the club. The motivation for the club came from the fact that even though Indiana University has world-renowned African Studies and African Linguistics Departments, many students at Indiana University are unaware of all the African Language Resources available to them. Therefore, the primary goal of the club is to promote awareness of the African Languages that are taught at IU and to encourage students to enroll in these languages.

Also, the club will serve as a common ground for students, professors, and community members to learn and share ideas and information about African Languages. The Ethnologue lists Africa as having 2,092 languages, so we should have plenty to talk about! Everyone is invited to join IU African Languages Club, and you may do so by sending us an email. I will then send you a formal invitation through the SAO club site. You can at this point, remove yourself from the club list at any time. If you do decide to join, there is no obligation to do anything but be a member and enjoy making new like-minded friends. Please also feel free to email me anytime if you have any questions or wish to find out more information about the club.

Again, welcome to the club and I hope to see all of you soon at the upcoming meeting, to be scheduled in the spring semester of 2007.

Abbie Hantgan
President, IU African Languages Club