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ERIC Number: ED107130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Reconsideration of Language Priorities: Africa.
Hodge, Carleton T.
This report is an attempt at revising the 1961 Fife-Nelsen report's list of priority African languages. In making decisions regarding priorities, the following kinds of data are considered most useful: statistical data on the languages involved, such as where the languages are spoken and how many people speak them; data on the cultural role of language; and information on the existing tools of access, such as bibliographies, surveys, and special studies. Several sources of statistical data, which give conflicting pictures of the situation, were used in compiling the list. Appendix 1 lists the selected languages along with statistical data on population, languages, and number of speakers. African countries are seen to be increasingly involved in language description. literacy programs, materials collection, and indigenous language study programs. Similarly, the linguistic literature has increased enormously, although most of it is considered marginally useful. Appendix 2 is a bibliography of resource materials intended as a supplement to existing ones. Suggestions for language planning are given by area, with the headings North Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa. Finally, it is suggested that dictionaries, basic courses, and intermediate and advanced materials constitute the most viable approach to the preparation of tools of access in language planning. (AM)
Descriptors: African Languages, Descriptive Linguistics, Dialect Studies, Language Classification, Language Planning, Language Programs, Language Research, Language Role, Literacy Education, Material Development, Multilingualism, Official Languages, Resource Materials, Sociolinguistics, Statistical Surveys, Uncommonly Taught Languages
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