Project Description

The Kimbundu Research Project is dedicated to the exploration of the grammatical and lexical structure of Kimbundu mostly spoken in today's territory of Angola, a country located on Western Coast of central Africa. Despite being the second large native language of Angola, this language is largely underdescribed and understudied in the Western linguistic literature.

There are
three goals in this project:

  • to collect a wide range of descriptive data of the Kimbundu language and document it for further usage of linguists and anthropologists internationally;
  • to form and verify theoretical hypotheses about the structure of Kimbundu and its dialects and compare them to other Bantu languages;
  • to share the information about linguistic and ethnic diversity in Angola with other researchers, practitioners and non-academic community members.

This research is being conducted among Kimbundu speakers in Canada, Portugal and Angola.

The data are collected in several ways: for example, elicitation sessions, storytelling, storyboards. The project also aims at collecting written and oral materials in Kimbundu, such as grammars, dictionaries, books, manuscripts, dissertations, poems, children's books, songs, recitations etc.

Although the initial goals of this project are focused on language description and analysis, it is our intention to make this project a collaborative effort of Angolan community members in order to make a meaningful contribution to a wide range of fields.