A sociolinguistic survey of the Fipa language community: ethnic identity and dialect diversity

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Lindfors, Anna-Lena, Mark Woodward and Louise Nagler
Series Issue:
2010-023
Date:
2010
Part Of Series:
SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2010-023
Extent:
136 pages
Abstract:

This paper presents the findings of sociolingustic research conducted in the Fipa language community in southwestern Tanzania. The main purpose of the research was to clarify the dialect differences between the speech varieties included in the term “Fipa” and their relationships to one another. Research was conducted in November 2004. The survey identified several groups identifying themselves as Fipa with a very strong sense of identity as Fipa. However, linguistically some of the varieties show considerable differences. The report concludes that, pending further testing, most varieties of the Fipa language community could still be part of the same language development project. The Fipa-Mambwe might be able to use literature in the Mambwe-Lungu language but could perhaps be better served with language development in their own speech variety.

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Published
Country:
Tanzania
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Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Language surveys
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Entry Number:
9206