Volume 1 of African Languages include articles originally published in 1975 and written in French and English on educational, literary, cultural, historical and socio-linguistic aspects of language in Africa, as well as descriptive and comparative studies. Among others there are chapters on African oral literature, the standardization of languages and education in Nigeria and a description of Shona spelling.
1. Reflections on African Oral Literature B. W. Andrzejewski and G. Innes 2. Narrative Style and the Consecutive Patrick R. Bennett 3. Langages Secres Chez Les Peuls R. P. Dominique Noye 4. 'Pakoa Book': An Introduction to Pakao Expansion and Social Structure by Virtue of an Indigenous Manuscript Matt Schaffer 5. Jarawan Bantu Ian Maddieson and Kay Williamson 6. La Variabilité Lexicale en Bantou A. Coupez 7. Standardisation des Langues et Education au Nigéria C. M. B. Brann 8. A Description of Shona Spelling K. G. Mkanganwi 9. Studies Devoted to S. W. Koelle's Polyglotta Africana: List of Orthographic Conventions 1) Jukunoid Languages in the Poloyglotta African Djukũ Kiyoshi Shimizu 2) Bóde, Dgó:jin and Dó:ai in the Polyglotta Africana Russell G. Schuh 3) Kándin in the Polyglotta Africana: Two Languages in One Russell G. Schuh