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ERIC Number: ED036422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Reading in Somali: An Elementary Cultural Reader. Volume I: Reader.
Pia, J. J.; Molitor, R. D.
This volume is a preliminary edition of an elementary Somali reader. The materials were designed to serve three purposes: (1) to provide experience with rather simple expository Somali prose, (2) to provide an elementary introduction to Somali culture, and (3) to accompany the students' study of spoken Somali. It is noted that there is no official writing system for Somali and that since the authors' motive for the development of an elementary reader in Somali was pedagogical, the use of an orthography for Somali was an incidental development not aimed at becoming a standard form. The format of the volume resembles that of a regular reader with Somali text, vocabulary both in Somali and English, and notes in English. Comprehension questions are designed to be handled orally. Each text was written by one Somali and carefully examined by at least one other. Themes for the units are historical and cultural. This reader is accompanied by a separate volume which gives English translations of the texts. (WB)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY.