Yiwola Awoyale

Official Title: 

Yiwola Awoyale is from Nigeria.


  • Was Professor and the head of the Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
  • Has been teaching Linguistics, Yoruba language, and various aspects of African linguistics at the university level since 1975
  • Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1974)
Research Interests: 
Computational lexicography, syntactic theory of language, ideophones, and verb serialization
Selected Publications: 
  • Works at the Linguistic Data Consortium, UPENN, on an electronic multilingual dictionary of Yoruba-English-English-Yoruba; Gullah-English-Yoruba; Lukumi-Spanish-English-Yoruba; Trinidad-Yoruba-English-Yoruba; Anago-Portuguese-English-Yoruba dictionary of Yoruba ideophones
Courses Taught: 
  • AFST/AFAM 170 680 Elementary Yoruba
  • AFST/AFAM 271 680 Intermediate Yoruba
Other Affiliations: 
  • Member, Dictionary Society of North America; Member, Linguistic Association of Nigeria 
  • Member, West African Linguistic Association 
  • Member, Yoruba Studies Association of Nigeria