The mission of the African Language Project is to facilitate the study of African languages emphasizing the use of authentic texts. This project concentrates on the languages spoken in countries with which the university has special ongoing relations including Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Sudan, and Liberia. This Project is also in preparation for the Fifth International Conference for African Languages to be convened at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Campus in November 2008. To fulfill this aim, the African Language Project seeks:
- To utilize the African faculty and students from 20 different countries as a resource to assist in the collection and translation of their respective languages used in the popular media;
- To compile bibliographies and factual briefing information on the cultures of the countries under study;
- To utilize the outcomes of research in teaching, outreach and in collaborative programs with other colleges and universities;
- To engage in mass media studies that focus on African languages represented in the major print and visual media;
- To computer encode texts in concordance, database, and word processing formats;
- To machine translate African languages.