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ERIC Number: EJ894171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
Language, Culture, Development and Politics: Dimensions of Local Agency in Language Development in Africa
Trudell, Barbara
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v31 n4 p403-419 Jul 2010
Support for the use of local languages for learning and communication is currently in fashion among national policy-makers in Africa. This position has been promoted by UNESCO and other local-language advocates for years; more recently it is being seen favourably by a range of influential international institutions. However, even positive language policy usually depends on local action to give it shape and sustain it. In many countries across sub-Saharan Africa, community-level institutions--language committees--are taking an active part in a wide range of processes for language development including orthography development, the production of local-language literature, literacy programmes, multilingual education programmes and advocacy at local and national levels. These institutions share a core commitment to seeing increased use and/or recognition of the language of the local community. This paper explores the defining dimensions of local-language committees in sub-Saharan Africa, including their place in the interplay between national policy and local practice. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa