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.
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of the Sociology of Language|
|Subjects:||Library and information sciences|
Customs, etiquette, folklore
|Divisions:||Philosophische Fakultät > Institut für Afrikanistik und Ägyptologie|
|Date:||27 May 2008|
|Full Text Status:||Public|
|Date Deposited:||16 Jul 2014 14:51:32|
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