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Encyclopedia > Diedrich Westermann

Diedrich Hermann Westermann (June 24, 1875-May 31, 1956) was a German missionary and linguist. He is seen as one of the founders of modern African linguistics. He was born and died in Baden near Bremen.


In 1927 he published a Practical Orthography of African Languages which became later known as the Westermann script.


Westermann has 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 (notably the Gbe languages, Nuer, Kpelle, Shilluk, Hausa, and Guang).


References

  • 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 Berlin: ?.
  • 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.

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WESTERMANN, Diedrich Hermann (4791 words)
Nach seiner Rückkehr nach Deutschland wird 1920/21 an der Philosophischen Fakultät der Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universität in Berlin eine außerordentliche Professur für afrikanische Sprachen, der erste Lehrstuhl für Afrikanistik, eingerichtet und Westermann übertragen.
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.
Diedrich Hermann Westermann - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (315 words)
Westermann, Diedrich Hermann and Ward, Ida C. Practical phonetics for students of African languages.
Westermann, Diedrich H. The missionary and anthropological research.
Westermann, Diedrich H. The languages of West Africa.
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