Welcome to Riftology: a website celebrating the diversity of peoples, cultures, and languages of the Rift Valley region of Tanzania.
The Rift Valley area, which runs from the northern border with Kenya, through Arusha and Manyara Regions down towards Dodoma, is home to dozens of distinctive ethnic groups and languages. Uniquely, it is the meeting place of languages from all three of the largest language families in Africa—Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Congo, and Afro-Asiatic—as well as two “click” languages, Hadza and Sandawe. These two languages are “isolates”, which means they are not known to be related to any other languages currently spoken.
The Rift Valley Research Network is a group of researchers interested in the linguistic and cultural diversity of the Rift Valley. The Research Network was established to make it easier to share our research, to help form new collaborations, and to provide a space to learn from each other. With this website, we invite you to learn more about this fascinating region of the world. Learn about the languages spoken in this area here. Find out more about network members here. Browse our list of linguistic and cultural resources here. Find out what the Network is up to here. Get in touch with us here. In the future, we hope to start a regular blog.
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