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Diedrich Hermann Westermann (June 24, 1875May 31, 1956) was a German missionary, Africanist, and linguist. He substantially extended and revised the work of Carl Meinhof, his teacher, although he rejected some of Meinhof's theories only implicitly. Westermann is seen as one of the founders of modern African linguistics. June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... 1875 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... May 31 is the 151st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (152nd in leap years), with 214 days remaining, as the last day of May. ... 1956 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Broadly conceived, linguistics is the scientific study of human language, and a linguist is someone who engages in this study. ... Carl Friedrich Michael Meinhof (July 23, 1857_February 11, 1944) was a German linguist. ... Africa is the worlds second-largest continent in both area and population, after Asia. ...


He carried out extensive linguistic and anthropological research in the area ranging from Senegal eastwards to the Upper Nile. His linguistic publications cover a wide range of African languages, including the Gbe languages, Nuer, Kpelle, Shilluk, Hausa, and Guang. The Gbe languages form a cluster of about 20 related languages stretching across the area between eastern Ghana and western Nigeria. ... The Nuer language is a Nilo-Saharan language of the Nilotic group. ... Hausa is the Chadic language with the largest number of speakers, spoken as a first language by about 24 million people, and as a second language by about 15 million more. ...


In 1927 Westermann published a Practical Orthography of African Languages which became later known as the Westermann script. Subsequently he published the influential and oft-reprinted Practical Phonetics for Students of African Languages in collaboration with Ida Ward (1933). 1927 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The term African languages refers to the approximately 1800 languages spoken in Africa. ... Ida Caroline Ward (1880 - 1949) was a British linguist working mainly on African languages who has done influential work in the domains of phonology and tonology. ...


He was born and has died in Baden near Bremen. Baden is a town near Bremen, in Germany. ... Bremen lies in North Germany 50km South of the North Sea. ...


Bibliography

  • Westermann, Diedrich H. (1919) Die Sudansprachen [The Languages of the Sudan].
  • Westermann, Diedrich Hermann & Ward, Ida C. (1933) Practical phonetics for students of African languages. London: Oxford University Press for the International African Institute.
  • Westermann, Diedrich H. (1948). The missionary and anthropological research. Oxford University Press for the International African Institute.
  • Westermann, Diedrich H. (1949). Sprachbeziehungen und sprachverwandtschaft in Afrika. Sitzungsberichte der Deutschen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, 1948 (Nr. 1). Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.
  • Westermann, Diedrich H. (1952). The languages of West Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Westermann, Diedrich H. (1964). Practical phonetics for students of African languages (4th improvement). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

External links

  • Biographisch-Bibliographisch Kirchenlexikon (entry on Westermann by Helma Pasch)

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Diedrich Hermann Westermann at AllExperts (336 words)
Diedrich Hermann Westermann (June 24, 1875–May 31, 1956) was a German missionary, Africanist, and linguist.
Westermann is seen as one of the founders of modern African linguistics.
In 1927 Westermann published a Practical Orthography of African Languages which became later known as the Westermann script.
WESTERMANN, Diedrich Hermann (4791 words)
Westermann startet deshalb um 1910 mit anderen führenden Orientalisten und Islamexperten Forschungsprojekte über den Islam in Westafrika.
Westermann ist ein hart und zielstrebig arbeitender Mensch, der eine ungewöhnlich große Zahl an Publikationen verfasst.
Nachruf und Auswahlbibliographie.' In: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 83; - Hintze, Ursula, 1957, 'Diedrich Westermann.
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