Roger Marsh Blench (born 1953) is a British linguist,
ethnomusicologist and development anthropologist. He has an M.A. and a
Ph.D. from the
University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge and remains based in Cambridge,
England. He actively researches and publishes, although he works as a
private consultant rather than in academia.
A noted expert in African linguistics, Blench's main area of
linguistic interest is the
Niger–Congo language family
Niger–Congo language family although he
has also researched the
Afroasiatic families. He has
also written about other language families and endangered languages.
Additionally, Blench has published extensively on the relationship
between linguistics and archaeology, principally in Africa, but more
recently also in East Asia. Blench is currently engaged in a long-term
project to document the languages of Central Nigeria.
Blench collaborated extensively with the late Professor Kay
Williamson, who died in January 2005, and is now a trustee of the Kay
Williamson Educational Fund, which exists both to publish the
unpublished material left by
Kay Williamson and to promote the study
of Nigerian languages. A series of publications supported by the trust
is under way with Rüdiger Köppe Verlag in Cologne.
Blench has also conducted research and evaluations of international
development activities worldwide, as a consultant and formerly as a
research fellow of the
Overseas Development Institute in London.
2 See also
4 External links
David Henry Crozier; R. Blench; Keir Hansford (1992). An index of
Nigerian languages. Nigerian Educational Research and Development
Council. Language Development Centre, University of Ilorin. Dept. of
Linguistics & Nigerian Languages, Summer Institute of Linguistics.
Summer Institute of Linguistics. ISBN 0-88312-611-7.
Blench, Roger; Spriggs, Matthew, eds. (Aug 28, 1997). Theoretical and
Methodological Orientations. Archaeology and language. 1.
London ; New York: Routledge. ISBN 0415117607.
LCCN 96044969. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
Blench, Roger; Spriggs, Matthew, eds. (1998). Archaeological Data and
Linguistic Hypotheses. Archaeology and language. 2. London ; New
York: Routledge. ISBN 0415117615. LCCN 96044969. Retrieved
Blench, Roger; Spriggs, Matthew, eds. (1997). Artefacts, Languages and
Texts. Archaeology and language. 3. London ; New York: Routledge.
ISBN 0415100542. LCCN 96044969. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
Blench, Roger; Spriggs, Matthew, eds. (1999). Language Change and
Cultural Transformation. Archaeology and language. 4. London ;
New York: Routledge. ISBN 0415117860. LCCN 96044969.
2000. Blench, R. M. & MacDonald, K. C., eds. The Origin and
Development of African Livestock. London: University College Press.
Laurent Sagart; Roger Blench; Alicia Sanchez-Mazas (2005). The
Peopling of East Asia: Putting Together Archaeology,
Genetics. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-0-415-32242-3.
Blench, Roger (2006). Archaeology, language, and the African past.
Altamira Press. ISBN 978-0-7591-0465-5.
Sanchez-Mazas, Alicia; Blench, R. M. et al., eds. 2008. Human
Migrations in Continental East Asia and Taiwan: matching archaeology,
linguistics and genetics. London: Routledge.
^ Hewson, John (2007). Blench, Roger, ed. "Archaeology, Language, and
the African Past". Canadian Journal of African Studies. Review. 41
(3): 574–579. JSTOR 40380107.