The Virtual Institute of Mambila Studies

The Virtual Institute of Mambila Studies seeks to collate and connect the different research and researchers with an interest in the Mambila people of the Nigeria - Cameroon borderland and their neighbours; their languages and the area in which they live. We take a broad view of Mambila, including other groups speaking related languages such as Kwanja, Vute, Wawa, Nizaa, Njerep (3 speakers at last count!) Twendi (35 speakers), Tep, and others. Our research is primarily of an anthropological and linguistic nature; abstracts or full texts of papers are available at the site. The currently available work includes reports on Zeitlyn's research on kinship and language and his annotated version of Meek's early ethnological work in the region, and Connell's comparative linguistic research and work on tone realization in Mambila, as well as a full bibliography of anthropological, linguistic, and related research on Mambila. VIMS was established by David Zeitlyn (anthropology) and Bruce Connell (linguistics). We would welcome your comments addresses below.

The following inline image acts as a link to photographs of the "Physical Institute of Mambila Studies" in Somié, Cameroon which has been the base for much of this research.


The work of a cooperative group doing reforestation work in the area around Somié

Some videos shot around Somié in December 2013. These include communal work to make a new road and dancing at the Protestante church Harvest festival.

Video track from a recent album by Jean-Pierre Martino, released 2013. Placed online with the permission of the artist.

Online fulltext now available. With the permission of the publisher we now include the pdf of the following publication:
David Zeitlyn N. Mial & C. Mbe, Trois Etudes sur les Mambila de Somié, Cameroun, Groupe de Recherches sur l'Afrique Francophone, Boston, Mass., 2000. (download size 4.7 MB)

A Somié produced video of "Women's sua in Somié 2012" is now available online.

Pages of historical documents captured as jpeg image files

Notes and images from essays written by Mambila geography students in Mubi in the 1970s

Some files from Cameroon National Archives, Yaounde

2006-2009 Documentation of endangered languages and cultures in the Nigeria-Cameroon borderland

A Kent Anthropology MSc in Ethnobotany, 2009 "Sharing Knowledge Intra-cultural variation of ethnobotanical knowledge and the factors that pattern it in a Mambila community in the Cameroon-Nigeria borderland"


A diary written during fieldwork in late 2003-early 2004

Cameroonian Studio Photography

I have been undertaking research with several Cameroonian Studio Photograhers (some covering Mambila villages but others in the Bamiléké area)

Archiving a photographic studio in Mbouda, West Province (now Region)
The work of Samuel Finlak and Joseph Chila
Exhibition of of Samuel Finlak and Joseph Chila
Long List for the Samuel Finlak and Joseph Chila show
Some examples of how negatives are cropped from prints and negatives from the collection of Yaya Moctar from Mayo Darle


2003/4 Evans Pritchard Lectures

In autumn 2003 David Zeitlyn gave the 2003/4 Evans Pritchard Lectures, All Souls College, Oxford: Sample of One: The life of Diko Madeleine and the History of Somié in the Twentieth Century Sound Recordings and background material is available online from the Diko Web pages

Words and Processes in Mambila Kinship

Monograph published in 2005. Words and Processes in Mambila Kinship: the Theoretical Importance of the Complexity of Everyday Life.

Contents

Preface ix
Part One
Chapter One: Introduction 3
Chapter Two: Reconstructing Kinship: The Pragmatics of Kin Talk 13
Chapter Three: The Implicatures of Everyday Life: Mambila Social Deixis 39
Chapter Four: Asking about People, Not about Kin Terms 57
Chapter Five: Translation, Anthropology, Kinship 85
Chapter Six: The Ethnography of a Mambila Conversation 103
Chapter Seven: A Conversation in Somie 115
Part Two
Chapter Eight: Person Referring Expressions in Natural Conversation 155
Chapter Nine: Summing up Kin Talk 183
Chapter Ten: Conclusions 207
Appendix 211
Bibliography 217
Index 237
With permission of the publisher the introductory chapter is available to download

Other researchers known to be working on Mambila and related groups

Research projects currently underway or completed

Other material on Mambila

Data on Mambila can be found at the following locations:

Other related material

The works of Professor Farnham Rehfisch

The late Professor Farnham Rehfisch was the first anthropologist to conduct protracted field work among the Mambila (in 1953/4), and with the kind permission of his widow, Mrs A. Rehfisch, his material on Mambila (published and un-published) is being made available. This starts with a short bibliography of his work from where you can find the full text of some of his articles. The articles and fieldnotes are now available online

Links to other related sites:



Send Email to Bruce Connell.

EMail David Zeitlyn

More information about David Zeitlyn,

Bibliography of David Zeitlyn NB this is no longer updated. For recent publications see the Oxford webpage above

Professor of Social Anthropology (research)

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology,
School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,
51 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE, UK

Created July 1995, last modified 14 June 2014



Link to David Zeitlyn Personal webpages
these contain material from Jonathan Zeitlyn, a scanned photo album from Rugeley and did have Alice Zeitlyn's 1988 thesis "MATURE STUDENTS in HIGHER EDUCATION: the Career of a Cohort of Mature Students in a Public Sector Institution." (now archived at ARRO).