Panel 3: African Arabic-Script Languages

Please be informed that the Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa conference will not be held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizers and their partners will share an update on the future of the event in due course.


The Arabic script has a centuries-long history as a supra-regional script used to write numerous African languages. This panel will examine these languages and their relationship with the manuscript medium. Possible topics include, but are not limited to orthography, the typology of scripts, the sociolinguistics of reading, and genre- or text-specific linguistic features.

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