Fallou Ngom presents Forensic Linguistics and Asylum Seeking Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin (LADO)

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Fallou Ngom is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program at Boston University. His current research interests include the interactions between African languages and non-African languages, the adaptations of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa, and Ajami literatures—records of African languages written in Arabic script. He seeks to understand the knowledge buried in African Ajami literatures and the historical, cultural, and religious heritage that has found expression in this manner. Another area of Ngom’s work is LADO (Language Analysis for the Determination of National Origin), a subfield of Forensic Linguistics. His work has appeared in many scholarly venues, including in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Language Variation and Change, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and the African Studies Review. He is the author of  Muslims Beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and The Muridiyya (Oxford University Press, July 2016). He has held Fulbright, ACLS/SSRC/NEH, and Guggenheim fellowships.