SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Dmitry Bondarev

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Dmitry Bondarev
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Research Assistant

Dr Dmitry Bondarev
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020 7898 4383


Dmitry Bondarev’s research interests cover African linguistics (structure of Saharan languages with a focus on Kanuri/Kanembu) and history of writing in Arabic based scripts (Ajami) in Africa. In 2003 he started analysing Old Kanembu – an archaic (and virtually unknown) variety of Kanuri. During his fieldwork trips to north-east Nigeria and south-east Niger in 2005-2010 he worked on Kanuri and Kanembu dialects including an offspring of Old Kanembu (Tarjumo) used by Islamic scholars for Qur’anic studies. As a lead researcher, he is involved in the Early Nigerian Qur’anic manuscripts project and in a DFG/AHRC funded international project on Old Kanembu with colleagues at Asien-Afrika-Institut, University of Hamburg. He is affiliated to AAI research group Manuscript Cultures in Asia and Africa.




Book Chapters

Bondarev, Dmitry (2010) 'Complex clauses in Old Kanembu/LG.' In: Cyffer, Norbert and Ziegelmeyer, Georg, (eds.), Aspects of Co- and Subordination: Case Studies from African, Slavonic, and Turkic Languages. Cologne: Rüdiger Köpper Verlag, pp. 213-250.

Bondarev, Dmitry (2010) 'Multiglossia in West African manuscripts: The case of Borno, Nigeria.' In: Sobisch, Jan-Ulrich and Quenzer, Jörg B. and Bondarev, Dmitry, (eds.), Manuscript Cultures: Mapping the Field. De Gruyter. (Studies in Manuscript Cultures) (In Press)


Bondarev, Dmitry (2006) 'The language of the glosses in the Bornu quranic manuscripts.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. pp. 113-140.

Bondarev, Dmitry (2006) 'An archaic form of Kanuri/Kanembu: a translation tool for Qur'anic Studies.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies. pp. 142-153.

Bondarev, Dmitry (2005) 'In search of the Saharan inflectional verbal paradigms in Old Kanembu.' Afrika und Übersee Special volume: Johannes Lukas (1901-1980) ‑ 25th anniversary of his death, 88. pp. 35-51.

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