Stefan Elders

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Stefan Leonard Elders (1965-09-24 - 2007-02-19) was a Dutch Africanist.

Life and contribution

Elders studied comparative and African linguistics at the University of Leiden. His dissertation was on Mundang, an Adamawa language of Cameroon (Elders 2000).

In 2000, he joined a research project on Gur languages at the University of Bayreuth and concentrated on Téén and Kulango, two languages of Côte d'Ivoire.

In 2006, he joined a project on the Dogon languages led by Jeffrey Heath. He started fieldwork on Bangeri Me in September 2006, in a remote village in Mali. After a short illness, he died there of a tropical intestinal disease. He was buried in Dalfsen.


  • Biesbrouck, Karen, Stefan Elders & Gerda Rossel (ed.), Central African hunter-gatherers in a multidisciplinary perspective: challenging elusiveness. Leiden: CNWS
  • Elders, Stefan. 2000. Grammaire mundang. (CNWS Publications, 97.) Leiden: CNWS.
  • Elders, Stefan. 2001. Defining ideophones in Mundang. In Ideophones, Voeltz, F. K. Erhard and Christa Kilian-Hatz (eds.), 97–110. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Elders, Stefan.2006. Le chef comme morphème – les noms complexes en ‚possesseur de‘ et ‚chef‘ en kulango. In: Zwischen Bantu und Burkina: Festschrift für Gudrun Miehe zum 65. Geburtstag. Herausgegeben von Dymitr Ibriszimow und Kerstin Winkelmann. Köln: Köppe.
  • Elders, Stefan. 2007. Grammaire kulango (parler de Bouna, Côte d'Ivoire). To appear in 2007.