In this class, Okunini Ọbádélé deals with theories on the origin of language itself going from the Bambara creation story, to various modern theories about the mechanism by which language came to be. The discussion then goes into the origin of written language, also on the Afrikan continent and as the ultimate source of all other writing systems on the continent and beyond. The discussion then turns to the functions of language, “mainstream” language phyla classifications (with spoken examples), as well as challenges to the dominant model. Purchase this class now to experience Okunini Kambon’s university-level teaching broken down so that even non-specialists can understand.

Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes, 49 seconds

52 slides