Material by David Gamble on the Fula [Fulah] language

Scope and Content

Typescript papers, 1958, of David P Gamble of the Colonial Office on the Fula language, comprising Firdu Fula Grammar, Gambia Fula Verb List, and Fula-English Vocabulary (Gambian dialects).

Administrative / Biographical History

David Gamble was employed by the Colonial Office during the late 1940s and 1950s, and his published works include extensive monographs on the Fula, Wolof and Mandinka languages of the Gambia. He has also written extensively on Fula custom and the history of the Gambia, and worked at the Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University, during the 1970s and 1980s. The Fula language is spoken in an area from the Gambia to Guinea Bissau, West Africa. Publications: Contributions to a socio-economic survey of the Gambia (Colonial Office Research Department, 1949); Economic Conditions in Two Mandinka Villages (Colonial Office Research Department, 1953); Mandinka Reading Book (1956); The Wolof of Senegambia ... with notes on the Lebu and the Serer (1957); Bibliography of the Gambia (1967); with Louise Sperling, A general bibliography of the Gambia [1979]; The Gambia (c1988); edited, with P E H Hair, Richard Jobson's The discovery of River Gambra (1999).

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Donated to SOAS Library by Professor David Arnott in September 1991, with additional explanatory notes added by David P Gamble in November 2005.

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the papers of D W Arnott (Ref: MS 380416).


The three papers were published by the Research Department, Colonial Office, in 1958.