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Abdoulaye and Ibrahim Barry: “The ADLaM Story: The Alphabet for Our People […]” | Talks at Google

Ibrahima and Abdoulaye Barry are two brothers from Guinea in West Africa. They are the creators of the ADLaM alphabet for the Fulani and other African languages. They currently live in Portland, Oregon and are members of the Winden Jangen Organization for the promotion of ADLaM and also the North American Fulani and Friends Association (NAFFA).

Ibrahima holds BS in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from Portland State University and has worked as a teaching assistant for the University of Conakry and currently works for the United States Postal Service. He also works on the ADLaM alphabet, perfecting its style and design. He has written many books including a comprehensive grammar and orthography book for the Fulani language. This serves as a reference and a standard in unifying the different dialects of the Fulani language. He is also working on the first Fulani dictionary in the ADLaM alphabet.

Abdoulaye Barry has a BS in Financial Management from the University of Conakry and MS in Financial Analysis from Portland State University. After 10 years in the private sector working in various accounting and finance positions, he currently works in the Finance Rates and Audit Division of the Public Utility Commission of Oregon. He is passionate about education and development issues in Guinea and how they relate to language. He is also doing research on the different Fulani dialects and has written or translated books on grammar, religion, short stories and current topics.

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