SOAS University of London

African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

Dr Martin Orwin

BA PhD (London)
  • Overview
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Expertise
  • Publications

Overview

Martin Orwin
African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

Senior Lecturer in Somali and Amharic

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Member

Centre for Translation Studies (CTS)

Steering Committee Member

Centre of African Studies

Management Committee Member

Name:
Dr Martin Orwin
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Biography

Language and Literature

Teaching

Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Ayele Kebede Roba, Voices in/from the Margins: Marginalisation and Resistance in Novels in Oromo and Amharic (Ethiopia)
  • Michaela Unterbarnscheidt, A comparative study of transition and social change in early Thai and Amharic novels
  • Ret’sepile Makamane, Aesthetics of African Literature: The fiction of Thomas Mofolo, and Sesotho novelists who came after him.
  • Samantha Goodchild, Multilingual repertoires and linguistic practices at the 'linguistic crossroads' of Brin, Djibonker and Mof Avvi, Casamance, Senegal [working title]

Research

Somali poetry; metre and literary linguistics; the relationship between language and music

Expertise

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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Somalia
Languages
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Somali

Publications

Authored Books

Orwin, Martin and Awde, N and Xaaji, Cabdulqaadir (1999) Somali-English, English-Somali Dictionary and Phrasebook. Hippocrene Books.

Orwin, Martin (1995) Colloquial Somali: A Complete Language Course. Routledge.

Articles

Orwin, Martin (2019) 'Arabic influence on metre in Somali Sufi religious poetry'. Brill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics. [Forthcoming]

Orwin, Martin (2009) 'Professor Bogumil Witalis Andrzejewski, 1922-1994 [obituary]'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (59) 1, pp 125-128.

Orwin, Martin (2006) 'The Worldly and the Unworldly in Jacayl Dhiig Ma Lagu Qoray by Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame "Hadraawi"'. Research in African Literatures, (37) 3, pp 15-27.

Orwin, Martin (2005) 'On the concept of ‘definitive text’ in Somali poetry'. Oral Tradition, (20) 2, pp 278-299.

Orwin, Martin (2003) 'On the Concept of 'Definitive Text' in Somali Poetry'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (66) 3, pp 334-347.

Orwin, Martin (2002) 'Cabdullaahi Qarshe: An Appreciation'. Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society 32, pp 8-9.

Orwin, Martin (2001) 'Language Use in Three Somali Religious Poems'. Journal of African Cultural Studies, (14) 1, pp 69-87.

Orwin, Martin (2001) 'On Consonants in Somali Metrics'. Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere, (65), pp 103-127.

Orwin, Martin (2001) 'Introduction to Somali Poetry and translations of 'Samadoon' by Cabdulqaadir Xaaji Cali Xaaji Axmed and 'Jacayl Dhiigma ma lagu Qoray' by Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame 'Hadraawi''. Modern Poetry in Translation - Non English Language Poetry in England, (vol. 1), pp 12-30.

Orwin, Martin (2001) 'Journal of African Cultural Studies'. Journal of African Cultural Studies; Special Issue 'Islamic Religious Culture in Africa', (vol. 1), pp 119.

Orwin, Martin (2000) 'A literary stylistic analysis of a poem by the Somali poet Axmed Ismaciil Diiriye 'Qaasim''. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (63) 2, pp 194-214.

Orwin, Martin and Cabdullaahi, Maxamed (1997) 'An approach to relationships between Somali metre types'. African Languages and Cultures, (10, 1), pp 83-100.

Orwin, Martin (1993) 'Language and poetry: an inextricable link'. Hal-Abuur Wargeys Xilliyeedka Suugaanta iyo Dhaqnka Soomaalida/Journal of Somali Literature and Cult, (1/1), pp 24-7.

Orwin, Martin (1992) 'Shax'. Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society, pp 10-11.

Orwin, Martin (1991) 'Alliteration in Somali and English Poetry, a Comparison'. Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society, pp 21-23.

Orwin, Martin (1991) 'Phonological Aspects of Somali'. Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society, pp 22-24.

Orwin, Martin and Hayward, RJ (1991) 'The prefix conjugation in Qafar-Saho: The survival and revival of a paradigm - Part 1'. African Languages and Cultures, (4(2)), pp 157-76.

Orwin, Martin (1991) 'Arabic Loanwords in the Somali Language'. Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society, pp 27-29.

Edited Books or Journals

Orwin, Martin, (ed.), (2018) Papers from the Linguistics Workshop: Somali Language and Literature at the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, December 2015. Hargeysa: Ponte Invisibile. (Dhaxalreeb).

Orwin, Martin and Howes, Christine and Kempson, Ruth, (eds.), (2013) Language, Music and Interaction. London: College Publications. (Communication, Mind and Language).

Finnegan, Ruth and Furniss, Graham and Orwin, Martin, (eds.), (2011) Carried by a Mystic Wind: B. W. Andrzejewski on the Somali Passion for Poetry and Language. London: Taylor and Francis. (Special Issue of Journal of African Cultural Studies; Vol.23 no.1).

Sheekh, Rashiid Cabdillaahi, (ed.), (2009) War and Peace: an anthology of Somali literature. Translated by Martin Orwin. London: Ponte Invisibile and Progressio.

Xasan, Maxamed and Orwin, Martin and Nuux, Yaasiin J., (eds.), (2007) Hagarlaawe: Diiwaanka Maansooyinka Abwaan Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye'. London: Aftahan Publications.

Book Chapters

Orwin, Martin (2019) 'Somalia: History, Culture, and Geography of Music'. In: Sturman, Janet, (ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. London, UK: SAGE.

Orwin, Martin (2018) 'On Translating Somali Poetry: some personal thoughts with particular reference to 'Saxansaxo' (Rain's Breeze)'. In: Herbert, W.N. and Hussein, Said Jama, (eds.), So At One With You, Bulshoy Ma Is Baran Lahayn: An Anthology of Modern Poetry in Somali. Pisa and London: Ponte Invisibile and The Poetry Translation Centre, pp 201-206.

Orwin, Martin (2018) 'Metre and 'extrametricality' in the geeraar'. Papers from the Linguistics Workshop: Somali Language and Literature at the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, December 2015. Hargeysa: Ponte Invisibile, pp 105-132.

Orwin, Martin (2018) 'Somalia: Modern and contemporary performance practice'. In: Sturman, Janet, (ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. London, UK: SAGE.

Orwin, Martin (2013) 'Dynamic Syntax as a basis for modelling meaning in music?'. In: Orwin, Martin and Howes, Christine and Kempson, Ruth, (eds.), Language, Music and Interaction. London: College Publications, pp 51-65.

Orwin, Martin and Howes, Christine and Kempson, Ruth (2013) 'Preface'. In: Orwin, Martin and Howes, Christine and Kempson, Ruth, (eds.), Language, Music and Interaction. London: College Publications, pp 1-13.

Kempson, Ruth and Orwin, Martin (2013) 'Language and music as mechanisms for interaction'. In: Orwin, Martin and Howes, Christine and Kempson, Ruth, (eds.), Language, Music and Interaction. London: College Publications, pp 133-169.

Orwin, Martin (2012) 'Somali Poetry'. In: Cushman, Stephen, (ed.), Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics: Fourth Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp 1313-1314.

Orwin, Martin (2012) 'Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac "Gaarriye": a short note of biography'. In: Musse Jama, Jama, (ed.), Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac "Gaarriye": Biography and Poems. Pisa: Ponte Invisibile, pp 11-12.

Orwin, Martin (2011) 'Alliteration in Somali Poetry'. In: Roper, Jonathan, (ed.), Alliteration in Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 219-230.

Orwin, Martin (2011) 'Muuse Galaal's contribution to the academic study of Somali language and culture'. In: Musse Jama, Jama, (ed.), Essays in Honour of Muuse Ismaaciil Galaal. Pisa: Ponte Invisibile, pp 23-27.

Orwin, Martin and Hashi Dhama, Mohamed (2010) 'Virtual Geminates in the Metre of Somali Poetry'. Peace and Milk, Drought and War: Somali Culture, Society and Politics: Essays in Honour of I.M. Lewis. London: Hurst and Company, pp 245-258.

Appleyard, David and Orwin, Martin (2008) 'The Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia'. In: Simpson, Andrew, (ed.), Language and National Identity in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Orwin, Martin and Appleyard, David (2008) 'The Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia'. In: Simpson, Andrew, (ed.), Language and National Identity in Africa. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 267-290.

Orwin, Martin (2007) 'Reflections of the Somali situation in the novel Waddadii Walbahaarka (The Road of Grief) by Xuseen Sheekh Biixi'. In: Ahmed, Ali Jimale and Adera, Taddesse, (eds.), The Road Less Traveled: Reflections on the Literatures of the Horn of Africa. Trenton; Asmara: The Red Sea Press, pp 329-340.

Orwin, Martin (2006) 'On translating Somali poetry'. In: Hermans, Theo, (ed.), Translating Others. Manchester: St Jerome Publishing, pp 402-413.

Orwin, Martin (2001) 'Reflections of the Somali situation in the novel Waddadii Walbahaarka (The Road of Grief) by Xuseen Sheekh Biixi'. In: Janzen, J, (ed.), What are Somalia's Development Perspectives? Science between Resignation and Hope? Proceedings of the 6th SSIA Congress, Berlin 6-9 December 1996. Das Arabische Buch, pp 215-223.

Orwin, Martin (1996) 'A Moraic model of the prosodic phonology of Somali'. In: Hayward/I, R, (ed.), Voice and Power: The Culture of Language in North-East Africa. Afr. Languages & Cultures Supp. 3. SOAS, pp 51-71.

Orwin, Martin (1993) 'Phonation in Somali phonology'. In: Abdi, Mohamed, (ed.), Anthropologie Somalienne (Proceedings of the 2eme Colloque des Etudes Somaliennes. University of Besancon, pp 251-7.

Translations

Orwin, Martin and Herbert, W.N. (2018) ''Arrogance' and 'Seer'' So At One With You, Bulshoy Ma Is Baran Lahayn, pp 123-135.

Orwin, Martin (2018) ''Inclusive Thought'' So At One With You, Bulshoy Ma Is Baran Lahayn, pp 137-151.

Orwin, Martin (2018) ''Glorious Gobannimo'' So At One With You, Bulshoy Ma Is Baran Lahayn, pp 177-177.

Orwin, Martin (2018) ''The Community of Ants'' So At One With You, Bulshoy Ma Is Baran Lahayn, pp 179-181.

Orwin, Martin (2018) ''Rain's Breeze'' So At One With You, Bulshoy Ma Is Baran Lahayn, pp 187-193.

Orwin, Martin (2018) 'Rooxaan by Jaamac Muuse Jaamac' Papers from the Linguistics Workshop: Somali Language and Literature at the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, December 2015.

Orwin, Martin (2018) 'The behaviour of the suffixes -le, -ley, -ey and la in Somali by Cabdiraxmaan C. Faarax 'Guri-Barwaaqo'' Papers from the Linguistics Workshop: Somali Language and Literature at the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, December 2015, pp 53-61.

Orwin, Martin and Pollard, Clare (2018) ''Searching for my Culture' and 'Indispensable'' So At One With You, Bulshoy Ma Is Baran Lahayn, pp 71-89.

Orwin, Martin and Nagra, Daljit (2017) 'Catastrophe, Galiilyo' .

Orwin, Martin (2012) 'Central London' The World Record: International Voices from Southbank Centre's Poetry Parnassus, pp 245-246.

Orwin, Martin (2012) 'Maryama Sheekh: A Poem by Sayid Mohamed Abdille Hasan' Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society, (52), pp 6.

Orwin, Martin (2010) 'Red' , pp 25-26.

Orwin, Martin (2010) 'Shoeshine Boy: A Poem by Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye'' Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society 48, pp 24-25.

Orwin, Martin (2009) 'Shoeshine Boy' Rattapallax, (16), pp 33-33.

Orwin, Martin (2009) 'Good Sense' Rattapallax, (16), pp 93-93.

Orwin, Martin and Herbert, W. N. (2009) 'Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye': Poems' .

Orwin, Martin (2009) 'With the Glow of Dawn they Came upon Us' Dhaxalreeb, pp 22.

Orwin, Martin (2009) 'A Poem by Raage Ugaas' Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society 46, pp 19.

Orwin, Martin (2009) 'A Poem by Cabdulle Raage (Abdulle Raage)' Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society 45, pp 12.

Orwin, Martin and Sheekh Cabdullaahi, Rashiid and Aw Geeddi, Axmed and Aw Aadan, Ismaaciil (2009) 'War and Peace: An anthology of Somali literature' , pp 93-212.

Orwin, Martin (2008) 'A Poem by Axmed Aw Geeddi' Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society 44, pp 8-9.

Other

Orwin, Martin (2003) ''Somali literature', 'Faarax Maxamed Jaamac "Cawl"', 'Galaal, Muuse Xaaji Ismaaciil''.

Orwin, Martin (2003) 'Somalia'.

Orwin, Martin (2003) 'Muqdisho'.

Orwin, Martin (2002) 'Samadoon by Cabdulqaadir Xaaji Cali Xaaji Axmed', vol. 3.

Orwin, Martin and Haji, Abdullahi (1999) 'Of Hand-made moons', 10(1).

Orwin, Martin (1997) 'Somali/Somalia/Somaliland: Ethnography [an] Geography [and] History 1880-1960 [and] The role of Islam in Somali society [and] Language [and] Literature.'.

Orwin, Martin (1995) 'Illustrated Catalogue of UNITAF Aerial Leaflets Used in Support of Operation 'Restore Hope' Somalia 9 December 1992 - 4 May 1993'.

Orwin, Martin (1994) 'Somali', 8.

Orwin, Martin (1994) 'Somalia: Language situation', 8.

 

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