Research and Community Services

Located at the main campus of Addis Ababa University, the Academy is a nationally mandated institution by the government to fully undertake research in Ethiopian Languages and Cultures. The academy has continued to discharging its main responsibilities of studying, documenting, preserving and promoting Ethiopian languages and cultures and disseminating research outputs for awareness. It admirably contributed for the promotion and development of the various languages and cultures of the country through designing orthographies, and conducting research on grammatical descriptions. With regard to culture/folklore, it also contributed well through studying, collecting, documenting and publishing books of oral tradition, indigenous knowledge, wisdom, sayings based chiefly upon data collected from field. Besides, the research organization compiled and published mono and bilingual dictionaries in different languages of the country. In this respect, dictionaries in Amharic, Afaan Oromoo, Tigrigna, Wolayta and Sidama, etc. languages would be good examples. As Ge’ez is a store house of classical literary works of ancient and medieval Ethiopia, the organization carried on translating traditional Ge’ez Qene into Amharic and published the results with imports to the advancement of Ethiopian modern literature. Kibrenegest features as good example in this regard. The research organization has also carried out a cross-disciplinary project on terminology and translation of scientific and technological terms involving 13 closely related fields of study of the natural sciences funded and collaborated by UNESCO and former Science and Technology Commission respectively. It also worked ICT terms translation project which our Institution undertook in collaboration with the ICT development office of AAU and which was funded by the Ethiopian ICT Development Agency. More to these, it annually publishes a research journal named as Zena-Lissan.

The Academy of Ethiopian Languages and Cultures works closely with communities as the communities are sources of data it needs. In return, it disseminates its research findings to relevant bodies in the communities so that they can be used for policy purposes and development planning.