African Languages, Development and the State by Richard Fardon

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This exhibits that multilingusim doesn't pose for Africans the issues of conversation that Europeans think and that the mismatch among coverage statements and their pragmatic results is a much more major problem for destiny improvement

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Moving from this wide-ranging perspective, the subsequent papers focus on increasingly more local contexts in West Africa—Fyle on an aspect of language policy in Sierra Leone, Igué and N’Ouéni on national policy and practice in the Republic of Bénin, Elugbe on experience of initiatives at the level of constituent states within the Federal Republic of Nigeria, an d Hansford on NGO and church activity in a part of Ghana. Bamgbose’s paper criticizes current thinking about language policy on two fronts: widespread myths about multilingualism, and present definitions of development.

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The situation persisted until the authorities in Niger decided to adopt the Nigerian orthography. As a result of the intervention of prescriptive linguists, and the state’s sponsorship of their plans, the difficulties facing people wishing to teach, learn, read and write in Hausa had been multiplied. The linguists and administrators simply failed to recognize the historical inappropriateness of their suggestions and their inability to impose them on Hausa-speaking peoples. ’. This question is closely related to assessments of the balance between the number of speakers using a language as mother tongue and those using it as lingua franca.

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