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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Social Contexts Conducive to the Vernacularization of Literacy
Author: Lawrence Carrington
Institution: University of the West Indies at Mona
Editor: Andrée Tabouret-Keller
Institution: University of Strasbourg 2
Author: Jeff Allen
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Homepage: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffallen
Institution: Business Objects, an SAP company
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics; Writing Systems
Abstract: Vernacular languages can remain unused for literate purposes for either technical or societal reasons. Technical reasons would include lack of a writing system, or of a standardized spelling system, or of lingustic descriptions that would allow ready development of these. Societal reasons would include the demographic and structural and political characteristics of the community, the legal status and political and economic affiliations of its languages, the attitudes towards them of members of the society, the educational processes, and the availability of literacy instruction. In this chapter we seek to identify the contexts that might be concucive to the vernacularization of literacy by focusing on the society interfaces between literacy and vernacular languages.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: In Andrée Tabouret Keller et al. (eds). Vernacular Literacy Revisited. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 82-92


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