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ERIC Number: EJ822968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 113
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
Literacy in Pidgin and Creole Languages
Siegel, Jeff
Current Issues in Language Planning, v6 n2 p143-163 May 2005
Pidgin and creole languages are spoken by more than 75 million people, but the vast majority of their speakers acquire literacy in another language--usually the language of a former colonial power. This paper looks at the origins of pidgins and creoles and explores some of the reasons for their lack of use in formal education. Then it describes some language planning efforts that have occurred with regard to instrumentalisation and graphisation of these languages, and the few cases where they are actually used to teach initial literacy. The paper goes on to discuss how speakers of pidgins and creoles more commonly acquire literacy in the standard European language officially used in formal education. It concludes with a short section on the role of pidgins and creoles in newspapers, literature and other writing. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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