Ref NoMS 193280
TitleNotebooks on grammar and vocabulary by Roy Clive Abraham
Date(s) of Creation1921 - 1959
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent5 boxes
Name of CreatorAbraham; Roy Clive (1890-1963); linguist
Administrative & Biographical HistoryRoy Clive Abraham was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1890, but was educated in England and Germany. His first degree was in oriental languages (Arabic and Persian) though he also studied Ethiopic at that time. During World War I, he served in the British Army in Arabia, where he learned Hindustani, and then became a member of the Nigerian Administrative Service from 1924-1944, the last six years of which he spent in language research. His first independent research was on Bolenci, and later he assisted George Bargery on the publication of a Hausa dictionary. He was a lecturer in Amharic at the School of Oriental and African Studies, 1948-1951.
His published works include The Grammar of Tiv , The Principles of Hausa , The Principles of Idoma , The Principles of Somali and a Dictionary of Modern Yoruba . He also worked on Igbo, but his death in 1963 precluded the publication of his grammar and dictionary in that language.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionPurchased in 1966.
DescriptionThe collection comprises the personal manuscript notebooks of grammar and vocabulary notes on the various African, Middle Eastern and European languages studied by Roy Abraham.
System of ArrangementThe collection is arranged in four sections: African languages; Middle Eastern languages; European languages, and miscellaneous items. Languages within the first three sections are classified alphabetically.
Access StatusOpen
Conditions Governing ReproductionFor permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Amharic
Berber languages
Bole
Fulah
Oromo
Igbo
Kabyle
Tiv
Tamashek
Yoruba
Arabic
Hebrew
Dutch
French
German
Russian
Other Finding AidsUnpublished handlist
Access Points - SubjectLinguistics
Academic teaching personnel
African languages
Semitic languages
Germanic languages
French (language)
Russian (language)
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
7729889Eastern Africa
6269133Middle East
7729887Northern Africa
7729885Western Africa
2328926Nigeria
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