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State-of-the-Art in the Development of the Lokono Language

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Title: State-of-the-Art in the Development of the Lokono Language
Authors: Rybka, Konrad
Keywords: language documentation
language vitality
Issue Date: Jun 2015
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Rybka, Konrad. 2015. State-of-the-Art in the Development of the Lokono Language. Language Documentation & Conservation 9. 110-133.
Abstract: Lokono is a critically endangered Northern Arawakan language spoken in the peri-coastal areas of the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana). Today, in every Lokono village there remains only a small number of elderly native speakers. However, in spite of the ongoing language loss, across the three Guianas as well as in the Netherlands, where a number of expatriate Lokono live, language awareness is increasing and measures are being taken to develop the language. This paper employs the UNESCO’s language vitality framework to assess the Lokono situation. I give particular attention to the state-of-the-art in language development activities, including language documentation. The aim of this paper is to provide the readers with an updated picture of the Lokono sociolinguistic context in order to facilitate future work between the Lokono and the academic community.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 24
ISSN: 1934-5275
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections:Volume 09 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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