Linguistic and Civic Refinement in the N’ko Movement of Manding-Speaking West Africa

  title={Linguistic and Civic Refinement in the N’ko Movement of Manding-Speaking West Africa},
  author={Coleman Donaldson},
  journal={Signs and Society},
  pages={156 - 185}
“Register” has become an essential tool in analyzing languages as sociocultural artifacts. Used in tandem with the concept of language ideology, scholars have elucidated the central role of linguistic work in defining African language and dialect boundaries as we know them today. The role of such ideas in current activist efforts to remake languages and society, however, remains obscure. Here, I focus on the N’ko movement of West Africa, which promotes a non-Latin-, non-Arabic script invented… 

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