SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Dmitry Bondarev

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Dmitry Bondarev
Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Research Assistant

Dr Dmitry Bondarev
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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.





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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.

Book Chapters

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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. Berlin: De Gruyter.

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.


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