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Item Description Kluge, Angela en_US 2008-06-17T01:34:52Z 2008-06-17T01:34:52Z 2007-12-17 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Kluge, Angela. 2007. The Gbe language continuum of West Africa: A synchronic typological approach to prioritizing in-depth sociolinguistic research on literature extensibility. Language Documentation & Conservation 1(2): 182–215. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275 en_US
dc.description.abstract For large language continua, such as Gbe of West Africa, a major challenge stakeholders concerned with language planning issues are facing is the question of the extensibility of written materials. To adequately inform language development program decisions in terms of literature extensibility, ideally, in-depth sociolinguistic studies would be conducted in all of the varieties involved, an undertaking that proves rather unfeasible for large continua.This paper proposes that when applying a multifaceted approach to linguistic data interpretation, such in-depth sociolinguistic studies may be unnecessary. This paper compares the findings of synchronic analyses of lexical and grammatical features elicited among 49 Gbe varieties to the outcomes of more recent Rapid Appraisal sociolinguistic surveys, and the findings of two diachronic studies. In considering the different approaches as complementing rather than contradicting each other, the proposed multifaceted approach exemplifies how different outcomes from various studies may be used to inform focused in-depth sociolinguistic research. Such research would in turn directly influence language program development decisions as to the extensibility of already existing literature to the remaining speech communities of the continuum. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.subject Gbe en_US
dc.subject West Africa en_US
dc.subject literature extensibility en_US
dc.subject synchronic typological approach en_US
dc.subject Rapid Appraisal sociolinguistic surveys en_US
dc.subject diachronic studies en_US
dc.title The Gbe Language Continuum of West Africa: A Synchronic Typological Approach to Prioritizing In-depth Sociolinguistic Research on Literature Extensibility en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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