Intro Nigerian linguist
Is Linguist
From Nigeria
Type Literature
Social science
Gender male
Birth 17 July 1937, Akoko North-West, Nigeria
Age 83 years
Star sign Cancer

Oladele Awobuluyi (born 1937) is a Nigerian linguist, professor, and author. He was born in Okeagbe, Akoko North-West in Ondo State, Nigeria. Awobuluyi’s area of research focus is African languages, in particular Yoruba, as well as Kanuri and Edo. Awobuluyi founded the Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages at the University of Ilorin in 1976, and served as the department’s first head from 1979 until September 1984. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.

Education and teaching

Awobuluyi earned an B.A. in Classics at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1961, an M.A. in Latin from Columbia University in 1962, an M.A. in Linguistics from Columbia University in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Columbia University in 1967. Awobuluyi has taught at Michigan State University, CUNY, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, and Adekunle Ajasin University.

Selected publications


  • Essentials of Yoruba Grammar
  • Yoruba Metalanguage: a Glossary of English-Yoruba Technical Terms in Language, Literature and Methodology
  • Studies in the syntax of the standard Yoruba verb by Oladele Awobuluyi
  • The New National Policy on Education in Linguistic Perspective
  • Ìléwó ìkòwé Yorùbá òde-òní
  • Peace Corps Yoruba Course
  • Studies in the Syntax of the Standard Yoruba Verb
  • Yorùbá kò gbọdọ̀ kú
  • Linguistics and Nation Building: the Prof. Emeritus Ayọ Bamgbose Personality Lecture


  • “On the Reality of Vowel Coalescence in Yoruba”, Studies in African Linguistics, December 1985, Vol.9(Dec), pp.11-14
  • “Issues in the Syntax of Standard Yoruba Focus Constructions”, The Journal of West African Languages, Nov 1, 1992, Vol.22(2), p.69
  • “Towards a Typology of Coalescence”, The Journal of West African Languages, November 1987, Vol.17(2), pp.5-22
  • “On ‘The Subject Concord Prefix’, in Yoruba”, Studies in African Linguistics, Dec 1, 1975, Vol.6(3), p.215
  • “The Modifying Serial Construction: a Critique”, Studies in African Linguistics, Mar 1, 1973, Vol.4(1), p.87
  • “On the Status of Prepositions”, The Journal of West African Languages, Jul 1, 1971, Vol.8(2), p.101
  • “‘High-Tone-Junction-Contracting Verbs’ in Yoruba”, The Journal of West African Languages, Jan 1, 1970, Vol.7(1), p.29
  • “The Particle If in Yoruba”, The Journal of West African Languages, Jul 1, 1969, Vol.6(2), p.67


  • Issues in Contemporary African Linguistics: a Festschrift for Ọladele Awobuluyi
  • New Findings in the Study of Nigerian Languages and Literatures: a Festschrift in Honour of Oladele Awobuluyi
  • Current Research in African Linguistics: Papers in Honor of Ọladele Awobuluyi
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