Mwapolenipo bonse! ‘Greetings everyone!’

Welcome to the Bemba Online Project.   Bemba is the most widely spoken language in Zambia, with over 7 million speakers.  Here you will find a wide range of Bemba language scholarship and resources, including:  sociolinguistic and grammatical analyses of the Bemba language, digital texts and audio in Bemba, an extensive bibliography, and numerous links to further resources.  In the future we hope to also include an archived set of Bemba language radio programs from the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), with selections from the period of 1986-1990.

The Bemba Online Project is for Bemba language learners, Bemba language speakers, African studies scholars,  comparative and typological linguistics scholars, and others with interest in language, oral traditions, media, civic engagement, and social change in Africa and beyond.  We envision that this project will serve as an inspiration for digital archives in other Zambian languages.

The Bemba Online Project is a project developed by linguistic anthropologist and media studies scholar Professor Debra Spitulnik Vidali (Anthropology, Emory University).  It is generously supported by the Emory University Halle Institute for Global Learning, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the Emory University Department of Anthropology, and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.  Major contributors to the project include: Jayne Kangwa, Mubanga Kashoki, Makasa Kasonde, Maidstone Mulenga, Bella Siangonya, and Yuan He.

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