Yoruba Language Program At Cornell University
OfficeRoom 207 Africana
Yoruba is a member of the Niger-Congo language family of West Africa.
The other Yoruboid languages include Igala and Itsekiri. Yoruba is
spoken by more than 20 million people in southwestern Nigeria and
parts of Benin and Togo. It is also used widely as a second language
in this area. There are many Yoruba dialects, but the translation of
the Bible by a Yoruba speaker, Bishop Samuel Crowther, in 1884 led to
the development of a standard written Yoruba that has been widely
adopted across the dialects. Yoruba is written in the Latin alphabet
and modified by diacritics. There is a substantial body of literature
in the Yoruba language, including books, newspapers, and pamphlets.
One of the best-known Yoruba writers is Amos Tutuola, whose work has
been translated into many languages. Yoruba is used in radio and
television broadcasting and is taught at primary, secondary, and
Cornell students may register for Yoruba language classes in Student
Center through the Africana Studies and Research Center (ASRC).
Yoruba is offered at all three levels and Cornell students are able to
pursue Yoruba language study through and beyond the Cornell Arts
College language requirement. For more information, contact Dick
Feldman at RF10@cornell.edu.
The Yoruba teacher is Adeolu Ademoyo, who is Senior Lecturer in Yoruba
Language and Culture. His research interests include African
philosophy, ethics, epistemology and aesthetics, the locus of African
Languages in delineating metaethical concepts in African moral
discourse, gender issues, and family and social structures. He may be
contacted at AAA54@cornell.edu.