ERIC Number: ED247772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Algeria: Country Status Report.
A survey of the status of language usage in Algeria begins with an overview of the usage patterns of Arabic, the Berber languages, and French. The country's return to Arabic as its official language after independence from France in 1962 is discussed along with the resultant language planning, issues of language of instruction at the elementary, secondary, and higher education levels, and a recent resurgence of interest in the Berber languages. A matrix follows that rates Arabic, the Berber languages as a group, and French on: (1) their usage rating using State Department classifications; (2) increase and decrease trends by the year 2000; (3) chief of state use in addressing the populace; (4) use in armed forces, government, court, and diplomatic communications, written and oral; (5) use as a language of instruction or required language in higher education, on the secondary and elementary levels, and in adult education; (6) use in the popular press, radio and television broadcasting, and film; (7) business and professional use, written and oral; (8) use in intellectual circles; (9) the alphabet situation; (10) their status in literature; (11) use in public signs and notices; and (12) the availability of instructional materials and dictionaries for use by English speakers. Explanatory notes give the number and population percentages using the languages, the type of alphabets used, and specific instructional material titles. A selected bibliography is also included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Arabic, Armed Forces, Berber Languages, Bilingualism, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, French, Higher Education, Industry, Language Maintenance, Language of Instruction, Language Planning, Language Role, Language Standardization, Language Usage, Mass Media, Monolingualism, Official Languages, Political Influences, Public Policy, Sociocultural Patterns
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Language/Area Reference Center.
Identifiers - Location: Algeria