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On The Differences Between Spoken and Written Language
Drawing on research studies in (socio)linguistics, discourse analysis, and literacy, this paper provides a synthesis of findings about lexical and syntactico-semantic differences between spokken andExpand
Policy and experiment in mother tongue literacy in Nigeria
The advocacy for initial mother tongue literacy in elementary schools and in adult education has been intensified within the past three decades, reflecting new attitudes to cultural diversity,Expand
The Sociolinguistic Basis of Yoruba Personal Names.
Language and social identity: Performance and ethnic style in job interviews
Introduction This chapter provides a theoretical framework for analyzing conversational data derived from job interviews and reports a case study using such a framework. Our data derive fromExpand
On the Similarities Between Spoken and Written Language
This paper challenges both the theoretical assumptions and the quantitative method underlying comparative studies of spoken and written language and proposes a sociolinguistic model that relatesExpand
The Consequences of Literacy in Pragmatic and Theoretical Perspectives
education, this paper examines critically the effects of literacy on cultural traditions, linguistic behavior, socio-economic organization, cognitive processes, and child development. Attention isExpand
One Nation, Four Hundred Languages: Unity and Diversity in Nigeria's Language Policy.
SOMMAIREUne nation, quatre-cents idiomes: Unite et diversite dans la politique linguistique du NigeriaCet article traite des politiques linguistiques du Nigeria, de leurs objectifs contradic-toires,Expand
Linguistic unification and language rights
L'A. examine la tension entre l'unification linguistique et les droits des langues minoritaires au Nigeria. Il evalue la nature, les causes et les implications de cette tension dans le contexte deExpand
The Literate Writes and the Nonliterate Chants: Written Language and Ritual Communication in Sociolinguistic Perspective
The dichotomization of language into oral and written varieties has been the subject of rigorous study by linguists and language teachers for more than half a century. Expand
Names and Naming Principles in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Received notions about the arbitrariness of personal names are based on the cultural attitude that personal names, as labels, are not supposed to have semantic content-i.e., the encoding ofExpand