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Title:The Study of African Languages in Russia
Author:Olderogge, Dmitry
Periodical:St. Petersburg Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Russian Federation
African languages
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The study of African languages in Russia began in the late 18th century and was connected with 'The dictionary of all world languages', published by the Russian Academy of Sciences. The present article, first published in Russian in 1975, and again in 1977 and 1990, presents an overview of the history of the study of African languages in Russia up to 1917. It provides information on the compilation of the first and second editions of the comparative dictionary, the materials to be found in the second edition and their sources, and other work on African languages, notably the writings of Vasilij Vasil'jevich Junker, published in the late 19th century, and A.L. Pogodin's 'Language as creation' (1913). Contrary to Russian scholarship in the field of Old Egyptian and Coptic, as well as Geez, which was well-established, the systematic study of the languages spoken by people south of the Sahara began in Russia only after the October Revolution. Bibliogr., notes, ref.