A social orthography of identity: the N'ko literacy movement in West Africa

  title={A social orthography of identity: the N'ko literacy movement in West Africa},
  author={Christopher Wyrod},
Abstract This article explores the development and spread of the N'ko script among Mande communities in West Africa. N'ko presents a rare example of an indigenous script that has successfully competed against other writing systems that are older, better financed, and propagated in religious and formal education. N'ko script is studied in relation to its role as one of the most popular and widespread indigenous scripts in contemporary West Africa. The social relevance of N'ko literacy is… 

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