|Word and Sound documents how languages are described and compared. It talks about culture, writing and development. The African oral literature includes various genres: short stories, tales, riddles, proverbs, sung poetry, heroic stories, genealogies, didactic texts, dilemmas, etc...
By collecting these works the Linguistic Department makes sure they are saved.
By translating them, they are made known not only in Europe but in Africa as well, as the literature expressed in one language is not accessible to neighbouring groups who speak a different language. |
This exhibition also presents how the Museum’s archaeologists and linguists carry out a multidisciplinary study of ancient metallurgy of iron.
Archaeologists study the material aspects while the linguists identify the related terminology.
The Royal Museum for Central Africa