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The Endangered Languages of Africa
The following paper will look at the growing list of endangered languages within Africa and what this means for the continent and for linguistic diversity the world over. Specifically, the paper will provide a brief summary of nearly extinct ...
# 137967 | 1,500 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Linguistics (General) , Language (General)


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The following paper will look at the growing list of endangered languages within Africa and what this means for the continent and for linguistic diversity the world over. Specifically, the paper will provide a brief summary of nearly extinct languages as they exist within the continent and acknowledge that there seems to be some general confusion over whether or not calling a language "endangered" is really the same thing as calling it "nearly extinct". In any event, this section of the paper will certainly underscore that dozens of African languages - at least 46, as a matter of fact - are in imminent peril and possibly at least as many more are headed in that direction. Having briefly defined what it is that makes a language "endangered" and how things appear to stand in Africa, the paper will then turn to look at what languages have been on the endangered list at one time or another and have not survived; time will also be devoted to looking at what the impact of language endangerment (and extinction) is for Africa (and for all geographic regions of the world faced with this problem) and what can be done to stem the tide. In the final analysis, more effort needs to be undertaken to teach young people about their cosmopolitan linguistic heritage in the classrooms of Africa and affirmative action programs that will prop up the most vulnerable of these languages in African communities should be explored - though it is doubtful that some of them (maybe even many of them) can now be saved. Still, that is no excuse for not trying to salvage what can be salvaged.

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The Endangered Languages of Africa The following paper will look at the growing list of endangered languages within Africa and what this means for the continent and for linguistic diversity the world over. Specifically, the paper will provide a brief summary of nearly extinct languages as they exist within the continent and acknowledge that there seems to be some general confusion over whether or not calling a language "endangered" is really the same thing as calling it "nearly extinct". In any event, this section of the paper will certainly underscore that dozens of African languages - at least 46, as a matter of fact - are in imminent peril and possibly at least as many more are headed

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