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Researching and Documenting the Languages of Tanzania

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Title:Researching and Documenting the Languages of Tanzania
Authors:Muzale, Henry R.T.
Rugemalira, Josephat M.
Keywords:Tanzania
Sukuma
Kiswahili
Date Issued:Jun 2008
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Muzale, Henry R. T. and Josephat M. Rugemalira. 2008. Researching and documenting the languages of Tanzania. Language Documentation & Conservation 2(1):68–108.
Abstract:This paper describes the challenges that researchers have encountered during six years of implementing a research and documentation project for the languages of Tanzania. It discusses the methods evolved by the project researchers for the production of a language atlas for Tanzania and presents preliminary results from the research. The results show that the language with the most native speakers, Sukuma, has twice as many as its closest rival, Kiswahili. The paper also presents an account of the research for documenting the grammasr and vocabularies of the languages of Tanzania. The expected impact of this particular form of documentation, as well as the limits, are discussed. It is argued that a language needs to be unchained from politically imposed shackles in order for a society to reap the full benefits of its cultural resources.
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/1802
ISSN:1934-5275
Volume:2
Issue/Number:1
Appears in Collections: Volume 02 Issue 1 : Language Documentation & Conservation


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