A sociolinguistic survey of the Boulba (Notre) language area

Statement of Responsibility:
Boafo, Ebenezer and Angela Kluge
Series Issue:
2010-011
Date:
2010
Part Of Series:
SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2010-011
Extent:
73 pages
Abstract:

This paper presents a sociolinguistic survey conducted in the Boulba speech community (Gur language family) of Benin. The survey was designed to help SIL-Togo/Benin administrators decide whether to pursue a distinctly Boulba language development project or whether these communities could benefit from regional literacy efforts, planned by SIL Togo/Benin, in a language other than Boulba, specifically Biali and Waama.

Through the administration of community and individual interviews, the survey researchers collected data concerning tested levels of comprehension as well as reported levels of multilingualism, language-learning environments, language use in various domains both public and private, language attitudes toward both written and oral forms of Boulba as well as of Biali and Waama, and education and literacy levels. Special attention was given to indicators of language shift.

The results are given for each of the above mentioned categories. Overall, they show high levels of tested comprehension of Biali and of Waama. Reported bilingualism in Biali is also high, while it is lower in Waama. There are no indications of language shift.

Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Benin
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Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Language surveys
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Entry Number:
9094