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Competing scripts: the introduction of the Roman alphabet in Africa

Pasch, Helma (2008) Competing scripts: the introduction of the Roman alphabet in Africa. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2008 (191). pp. 65-109. ISSN 1613-3668

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    The introduction of the Roman script since the turn of the 20th century was the first attempt of mass alphabetization in Africa, and it has become the most important writing system. It was, however, not the first script on the continent. In Old Egypt and its successor states, writing systems were developed, transferred to other languages and modified, replaced by new systems, and occasionally became obsolete. In a number of northern and north-eastern African languages Latin replaced earlier scripts. Despite many efforts to alphabetize the population and graphize African languages only a few languages have become media of written communication and learning. For some languages, however, independent scripts were, some of which are used till today. The introduction of the internet enhanced the chances for the Latin script as a written medium for African languages. It is also the platform for a revival of the old scripts likeTifinagh and Ajami, and some of the independent African scripts.

    Item Type: Article
    Pasch, Helmaama14@uni-koeln.de
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-56691
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of the Sociology of Language
    Publisher: De Gruyter
    ISSN: 1613-3668
    Volume: 2008
    Number: 191
    Subjects: Library and information sciences
    Customs, etiquette, folklore
    Other languages
    Uncontrolled Keywords:
    Afrikanische SchriftenGerman
    African scroptsEnglish
    Écritures africainesFrench
    Roman Alphabet in AfricaUNSPECIFIED
    Faculty: Philosophische Fakultät
    Divisions: Philosophische Fakultät > Institut für Afrikanistik und Ägyptologie
    Language: English
    Date: 27 May 2008
    Date Type: Publication
    Full Text Status: Public
    Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 14:51:32
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/5669

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