Ref NoPP MS 73
Former ReferenceMS 380362, MS 380416
TitlePapers of Professor David Whitehorn Arnott
Date(s) of Creation1950s-1980s
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent10 boxes
Name of CreatorArnott; David Whitehorn (fl 1955-2000); linguist
Administrative & Biographical HistoryDavid Whitehorn Arnott was Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Publications include: The nominal and verbal systems of Fula (1970); supplementary bibliography in Diedrich Hermann Westermann and Margaret Arminel Bryan's The languages of West Africa (1970).
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionVarious deposits, presented by D. W. Arnott between 1982 and 1995.
DescriptionPapers, 1950s-1980s, of Professor David Arnott on West African languages, comprising papers, including notes and questionnaires, from his study leave (1955-1956) spent travelling from Nigeria through Niger, Dahomey (Benin), Upper Volta (Burkina Faso), French Sudan (Mali), Senegal and Gambia to Guinea and Sierra Leone; copies (photocopied and photographic) of manuscripts; translations and transcriptions; transcriptions of language recordings; seminar and conference papers; teaching material; offprints of articles by Arnott; typescripts or corrected proofs of articles; and reviews of books by other authors. The papers relate largely to Nigeria but also to Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal, relating mainly to Fulfulde, Fula and Fulani (language of the Fulani people of West Africa), and also to Tiv and to Hausa poetry and songs. The subjects include literature, including poetry (religious and non-religious), oral literature and folklore, proverbial lore, Islamic influences on African literary cultures, grammar, including morphology, verbal and nominal systems, nouns, vocabulary, and the distribution of dialects.
Access StatusTemporarily Closed
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
French
Fulah
Tiv
Hausa
Arabic
Other Finding AidsBox lists, prepared by the depositor
Related MaterialThe School of Oriental and African Studies also holds miscellaneous letters and notes of Arnott among the papers of Malcolm Guthrie (Ref: PP MS 27) and Frederick Wiliam Parsons (Ref: PP MS 50). The Africa Department of SOAS holds sound recordings on African languages deposited by Arnott.
Archivist's NoteOverview compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: British Library OPAC.
Access Points - SubjectAcademic teaching personnel
Linguists
Linguistics
Field work
African languages
African cultures
Fulfulde
Hausa
Poetry
Traditional music
African literature
Folklore
Oral tradition
Proverbs
Grammar
Morphology (linguistics)
Dialects
Access Points - Person, Corporate & Family Names
Name CodePerson, Corporate or Family NameType of Entity
GB/NNAF/C62038University of London; School of Oriental and African StudiesCorporate
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
7729886Central Africa
7729885Western Africa
2361809Burkina Faso
2395170Benin
2233387Cameroon
2413451Gambia
2453866Mali
2328926Nigeria
2245662Senegal
2403846Sierra Leone
366755Sudan
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