Swahili lexicography in Poland: its history and immediate future


  • Beata Wójtowicz Department of African Languages and Cultures, University of Warsaw
  • Piotr Bański Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw


Swahili lexicography, Swahili


The interest in Swahili lexicography at the University of Warsaw has a long tradition and was initiated by the first lecturer of Swahili – prof. Rajmund Ohly. He was not only an observer but his name has been indelibly written into the history of Swahili lexicography. His passion inspired the next generation and some projects aiming at creating Swahili dictionaries have been undertaken in the Department. That resulted in a state-financed grant on Swahili-Polish dictionary that is to be delivered at the end of 2012.


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How to Cite

Wójtowicz, B., & Bański, P. (2012). Swahili lexicography in Poland: its history and immediate future. Studies in African Languages and Cultures, (46), 59–72. Retrieved from https://salc.uw.edu.pl/index.php/SALC/article/view/61