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Language maintenance and shift in Ethiopia : the case of Maale

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dc.contributor.advisor Barnes, Lawrence Andrew, 1947- en
dc.contributor.author Van Aswegen, Jacobus Gerthardus en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T11:00:34Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T11:00:34Z
dc.date.issued 2008-06
dc.date.submitted 2008-06-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2119
dc.description.abstract The focus of this study is on language maintenance and shift in Maale, a minority language spoken in Ethiopia. The main aims of the study are to give an account of the underlying social factors that have contributed to language maintenance in the Maale speech community, and to investigate whether the mother-tongue literacy programme in the Maale region is going to facilitate language maintenance or contribute to language shift. The findings suggest that regional nationalism, which corresponds to ethnic nationalism in Paulston's theory of social mobilisation, is the reason why the Maale language has been maintained as a viable language in spite of centuries of political repression. The findings also indicate that the mother-tongue literacy programme currently contributes to language maintenance but it is a stepping stone to further education, which favours the learning of a second language, which could lead to possible attrition of the mother tongue. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vii, 145 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Theory of social mobilisation en
dc.subject Omotic en
dc.subject Mother-tongue literacy en
dc.subject Maale nationalism en
dc.subject Maale en
dc.subject Language shift en
dc.subject Language maintenance en
dc.subject Ethiopia en
dc.subject Bilingualism en
dc.subject Amhararization en
dc.subject Amharic en
dc.subject.ddc 492.8
dc.subject.lcsh Male (African people)
dc.subject.lcsh Amharic language
dc.subject.lcsh Languages in contact -- Ethiopia
dc.subject.lcsh Language and languages -- Ethiopia
dc.subject.lcsh Language planning -- Ethiopia
dc.title Language maintenance and shift in Ethiopia : the case of Maale en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Linguistics en
dc.description.degree M.A. (Sociolinguistics) en


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