ERIC Number: ED248704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Somalia: Country Status Report.
A survey of the status of language usage in Somalia begins with an overview of the usage patterns of Somali, the official language, and three languages previously used officially: English, Italian, and Arabic. The cultural context that for many years has supported the usage of a single native language for communication and administration is also described. A matrix follows that rates these four languages 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) the status of indigenous literature; (11) use in public signs and notices; and (12) the availability of instructional materials and dictionaries in the native languages for use in English as a second language. Explanatory notes give the number and population percentages using the languages, the type of alphabet used, and specific instructional material titles. A selected bibliography is also included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, African Languages, Arabic, Armed Forces, Bilingualism, Cultural Context, Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Industry, Italian, Language Maintenance, Language of Instruction, Language Role, Language Standardization, Language Usage, Literacy Education, Mass Media, Monolingualism, Multilingualism, Official Languages, Public Policy, Somali
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Language/Area Reference Center.
Identifiers - Location: Somalia