African Language Resource Council

The African Language Resource Council (ALRC) was a joint project of the African Studies Center and the Linguistic Data Consortium of the University of Pennsylvania. It was created in the 1990s with the aim of aiding in the creation and publication of resources for the study of African languages, including dictionaries, grammars, and texts.

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Projects included "developing a modern Yoruba dictionary, with approximately 100K entries as well as a Manding dictionary of four languages, including Bambara." ALRC was at one point considering other work in the following languages: Akan, Nupe, Wolof, Edo, Urhobo?, Igbo, Ibibio, Defaka?, Izon/Ijaw, Fula, Hausa, Ewe, Susu, Emai?, Mafa?, Esan?, Duala?, Yabassi?, Denya?, Echie?, Mende, Fon-Gbe, and Temne.

Work on African orthographies

"In the late 1990s, ... perceiving that progress in supporting dynamic composition in Windows systems was slow and that there was even less interest among developers of Macintosh and Linux systems, the Linguistic Data Consortium of the University of Pennsylvania (USA) launched a project to compile a list of character needs for African languages, with a view to determining the potential for developing alternative 8-bit standards. This effort, organised under the auspices of a body called of the African Language Resource Council (ALRC), was abandoned after a few years, largely due to advances in the field." (ALDA?, p. 53)

ALRC produced a compilation of the orthographies of African languages. By 2001 or 2002 the effort had ended.

(NB- ALRC should not be confused with the NALRC?, also based in the US)