ATrA 3. Cultural and Linguistic Transition explored


Micheli Ilaria

Cultural and Linguistic Transition explored. Proceedings of the ATrA closing workshop Trieste, May 25-26, 2016

Micheli Ilaria


Howell Signe Lise

Cause: a category of the human mind? Some social consequences of Chewong (Malaysian rainforest hunter-gatherers) ontological understanding

Micheli Ilaria

Women's lives: childhood, adolescence, marriage and motherhood among the Ogiek of Mariashoni (Kenya) and the Kulango of Nassian (Ivory Coast)

Mazzei Lorenza

Continuity and Innovation in the Ethiopian illustrated manuscripts: the case of Geometric Art

Elsaeed Essam, El Kabbani Shereen

The Documentation of the Pilgrimage Arts in Upper Egypt – A comparative Study between Ancient and Islamic Egypt

Lane Paul J.

People, Pots, Words and Genes: Multiple sources and recon-structions of the transition to food production in eastern Africa

Incordino Ilaria

The analysis of determinatives of Egyptian words for aromatic products

Manzo Andrea

Bi3w Pwnt in the archaeological record. Preliminary results and perspective of research

Nappo Dario

Roman attempts to control Eastern Africa

Zazzaro Chiara

Maritime cultural traditions and transitions in the Red Sea

Baldi Marco

The king Amanikhareqerem and the Meroitic world: an account after the last discoveries

Elsaeed Essam, Khalifa Hoda

A Comparative Study of Modified Animal Horns in Ancient Egypt & Modern African Tribes

Adam Ahmed

The Archaeology and Heritage of the Sudanese Red Sea Region: Importance, findings, and challenges

Veiga Paula

Opium: was it used as a recreational drug in ancient Egypt?

Mous Maarten

Language and Identity among marginal people in East Africa

Tosco Mauro

On counting languages, diversity-wise

Savà Graziano

Bayso, Haro and the “paucal” number: history of contact around the Abbaya and C'amo Lakes of South Ethiopia

Crevatin Franco

Due note tipologiche sulla lingua bawlé (Kwa)

Lusini Gianfrancesco

The Costs of the Linguistic Transitions: Traces of Disappeared Languages in Ethiopia

Mauri Simone

Clause chaining across the Sahara

Wright Kelly E.

Accounting for Vox Populi. Adjusting the Cost-Benefit Model of Language Planning by Incorporating Network Analysis in the Ghanaian Context

Avram Andrei

An Early 20th-Century Arabic Vocabulary as Evidence of Language Contacts in the Uele district and the Redjaf-Lado Enclave


The ATrA Workshop was held in Trieste (Italy) on May 24-26, 2016 with the aim of discussing the possible dimensions and varieties related to phenomena of cultural and linguistic transition in Africa. Identity negotiation, ethnicity and cultural affiliation, cases of contact, creolization, integration, urbanization, climate or cultural changes, language and cultural switch, market exchanges and human migration have been put on the table, generating a very concrete and fruitful discussion. The case studies collected in this miscellaneous book, give an idea of the multi-faceted dimensions of the debate, which ranges by necessity from anthropology to archaeology and from philology to linguistics, in a continuous alternation of disciplines, voices and styles. Mechanisms of resilience and adaptation to new situations and contexts are described through an investigation which in many cases has the flavour of an intimate research, aimed above all at finding out the very essence of “being human”.

Ilaria Micheli, PhD in African Studies (2005) and expert in linguistic anthropology, is a researcher in the Department of Legal, Linguistic, Interpreting and Translation Studies at the University of Trieste. Since 2001 she has been working on the language and culture of the Kulango (Gur – Niger‑Congo) in Côte d’Ivoire, and more recently on the Ogiek (Kalenjin – Nilo‑Saharan) in Kenya. Material culture, oral tradition and traditional medicine are her main research areas. She teaches African Languages and Cultures at the University of Venice “Caʼ Foscari” as well as traditional and modern African literature and social anthropology at the University of Trieste.