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Name: Helene  Fatima Idris
Institution: University of Khartoum
Email: click here to access email
Homepage: http://african.gu.se/idris
State and/or Country: Sudan   
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Selected Publications: Idris, Helene Fatima. 2003. Swedish contributions to African linguistics: A focus on Nilo-Saharan and Afro-Asiatic languages. In: Africa & Asia: Göteborg working papers on Asian and African languages, 3, pp 53-63.

Idris, Helene Fatima. 2004. Modern developments in the Dinka language
(Göteborg Africana Informal Series 3)

Idris, Helene Fatima. 2004. 'The Status and Use of African Languages versus Arabic in Sudan: A Sociolinguistic Survey in Nyala, Darfur' In A. Akinlabi and O. Adesola (eds) Proceedings, 4th World Congress of African Linguistics, New Brunswick 2003, pp. 497-508. Köln: Rudiger Köppe Verlag.

Idris, Helene Fatima, Karsten Legère and Tove Rosendal. 2007. Language policy in selected African countries: Achievements and constraints. In H. Coleman (ed.) Language and Development: Africa and Beyond. Addis Ababa: The British Council.

Idris, Helene Fatima. 2008. Language use and language attitudes in Sudan : Sociolingustic surveys in Nyala and Khartoum. Göteborg : University of Gothenburg, Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 257 p.
Courses Taught: Discourse analysis
Contrastive analysis
Research methodology
Language and society in Africa

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