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Vernacular Literacy : A Re-Evaluation - Andrée Tabouret-Keller

Vernacular Literacy

A Re-Evaluation

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9780198236351
Number Of Pages: 380

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Illiteracy problems are worldwide, and growing. Political and economic factors are often in conflict over which language to use for basic education and how it should be taught. There is increasing pressure on the resources available for using literacy in coping with the rapid population increase, the spread of disease, and poor development. The editors and contributors to this volume are members of The International Group for the Study of Language Standardization and the Vernacularization of Literacy (IGLSVL), with unrivalled direct personal experience of literacy and language problems in the second half of the twentieth century. The contributors take the UNESCO publication, The Use of Vernacular Languages in Education, as their starting point. Published in 1953, this work was optimistic about the future of literacy. The contributors assess the nature and significance of the events that have taken place since then, providing a global overview. The discussions are supported by case-studies of campaigns to promote vernacular languages and examples of how people relate to their languages in different cultures. Most importantly, they question traditional notions of, and provide a non-Western perspective on, the uses and value of literacy.

`the book is intended to provide something of a retrospective of the world wide literacy situation since ... 1953. ... provides numerous examples of local languages which have been written and standardised ... I have only praise for the level of organisation of the book ... all of the references appear together at the end of the book, along with a complete index, saving the reader valuable time.' Carol Benson, Language and Education, Vol 14: 1, 2000 `This is quite a complex book, but one which raises a host of theoretical and practical issues relating to the future of vernacular literacies.' National Literacy Trust A number of key issues of great complexity is raised by the papers in this book. No attentive reader could emerge from these pages able to utter glib programmatic definitions or characterisations of literacy development needs and difficulties. A multi-authored and very wide-ranging book. A valuable publication for its reports from the field. - Geoff Hall - Journal of Sociolinguistics 3/3 1999

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. v
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
General Issues: Political, Economic, Social, Orthographic, Pedagogicalp. 21
Political and Economic Aspects of Vernacular Literacyp. 23
Social Contexts Conducive to the Vernacularization of Literacyp. 82
Developing Ways of Writing Vernaculars: Problems and Solutions in a Historical Perspectivep. 93
Pedagogical Aspects of Vernacular Literacyp. 142
Cases from Migrant Settings in Europe; East, Central, and West Africa; East, South, and South-East Asia; Pidgin- and Creole-Speaking Communitiesp. 187
Vernacular Literacy in New Minority Settings in Europep. 189
Literacy in a Pidgin Vernacularp. 222
Motivations and Attitudes Influencing Vernacular Literacy: Four African Assessmentsp. 246
Tradition, Trial, and Error: Standard and Vernacular Literacy in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysiap. 271
Conclusion Andrée Tabouret-Kellerp. 316
Appendix Excerpt from Oxfam (1993: 2-4)p. 328
List of Contributorsp. 332
Referencesp. 338
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780198236351
ISBN-10: 0198236352
Series: Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.7