Language and Poverty (Multilingual Matters) by Wayne Harbert, Sally McConnell-Ginet, Amanda Miller

By Wayne Harbert, Sally McConnell-Ginet, Amanda Miller

This quantity explores the advanced interactions of language with monetary assets. How does poverty impact language survival? How is the industrial prestige of people plagued by the languages they do or don't communicate? The authors tackle those questions from a number of views, drawing on linguistics, language coverage and making plans, economics, anthropology, and sociology.

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A training center, known as Bokamoso (‘the future’), was established to train young teachers who would teach in the various preschools and adult literacy programs (Batibo, 2004). The fact that the Naro people were able to run their own affairs built tremendous self-confidence among them and they became proud of their language. This enabled a sustained and active intergenerational transmission of the language. Poverty in Language Maintenance and Language Death 33 The third level of empowerment was in the economic sphere.

More than 2000 African languages are still spoken, and these represent a significant part of the world’s linguistic diversity, also comprising a great deal of typological variation. At the same time, poverty is prevalent on that very continent, and African countries are among the poorest on a worldwide scale, as mentioned earlier. This complementary correlation is not accidental: the discrimination of the majority of Africans from national development contributed to the maintenance of African languages.

Tsonope (eds) Developing Basarwa Research and Research for Basarwa Development (pp. 25Á 29). ) Gabarone: University of Botswana, National Institute of Developmental Research. Visser, H. (2000) Language and cultural empowerment of the Khoesan people: The Naro experience. M. Batibo and B. Smieja (eds) Botswana: The Future of the Minority Languages (pp. 193Á 221). Frankfurt: Peter Lang. Watson, K. (1994) Caught between Scylla and Charybdis: Linguistics and the educational dilemma facing policy makers in pluralist states.

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