Welcome to the West African Languages Institute (WALI)
In my role as director of the West African Languages Institute (WALI), I am delighted to have a chance to share a few words and thoughts about the institute. Founded by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Newman in 1994, WALI is committed to the enterprise of doing extensive research on West African languages via an interaction with their native speakers and the greater community of linguists dedicated to the study of the languages of the West African sub-region. Our focus is on syntheses and analyses of the linguistic systems and structures of West African languages and the role the languages play in the daily lives of their speakers, in governance (leadership), and in development in the broadest sense. Come join us as we examine how these unique languages inform and are informed by development by getting to know more about their use in West African politics, law, education, healthcare, commerce, and in other important socio-cultural domains. We will take you through our work on language and terrorism and world peace, and how region/geography influences the development of dialects, sociolects, and other varieties that shape text and talk and fulfill the communicative needs of their speakers.