Journal of
Languages and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Lang. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6540
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLC
  • Start Year: 2010

JLC Articles

October 2018

Insertion strategies used with lone English verbs in otherwise Igbo utterances

Using examples of tape recorded conversational data from fifty educated adult Igbo-English bilinguals resident in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, this paper demonstrates that lone English verbs are typically inserted into otherwise Igbo utterances by means of Igbo verbal inflectional morphology. Other verbs are adjoined to a helping verb from Igbo, specifically involving an adapted form. Yet, a few English verbs are inserted...

Author(s): Kelechukwu Ihemere

September 2018

Destruction of Abbay Choman Oromo indigenous practice due to Gojjame invasion, north east Wollega South of Abay River, Ethiopia (1870s - 1882)

This paper deals with the destruction of Oromo indigenous practices under Gojjame rule: the case of Abbay Choman Oromo, in the south of Abay River 1870s-1882. The year 1870’s was a turning point in the history of the Oromo of Abbay Choman in particular and Horro Guduru in general because it was a period when Gadaa system with indigenous practice starts being destructed. The year 1882 was the period when Horro...

Author(s): Gemechu Kenea and Surafel Adisu  

August 2018

Challenges of students’ discipline in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes: A case of primary schools in Dembi Dollo and Nekemte towns of Oromia Region, Ethiopia

In many cultures in the world, discipline is a very important quality of students in schools. Thus, the prime objective of this study was to explore major factors contributing to students’ discipline problems in some primary schools of Dambi Dollo and Nekemte Towns in Ethiopia. To achieve the objective, basic research questions were developed, related literatures were reviewed and different methodologies were...

Author(s): Aliye Geleta  

February 2018

Standing straight with the title, ‘As this miserable and fungus-like small plant becomes a big and favourite tree’ adapted from the Tcheonzamun poem (753rd to 768th)

The purpose of this study is to know the bi-language mask of Tcheonzamun expression; the real meaning. The researchers utilized two methods: interpretation through Korean pronunciation and  utilization of Chinese character.  The aim of this work is to explain in plain terms the title of this work, ‘As the miserable and fungus-like small plant becomes a big and favourite tree’.  The researchers...

Author(s): Hyeonhi R. Park, Jieun A. Kim, Kunjoo D. A. Kim, Jiah A. Kim, Sohwa T. Kim, Rosa Kim, Alain Hamon and Sangdeog A. Kim  

January 2018

Syntactic translation and semantic implications: The case of Fulfulde and English

It has been a general consensus that translation is an exercise of transferring a message, initially written or spoken in one language, into another language for the benefit of those who do not understand the initial language. The researchers provided some definitions of language since translation is also a language based exercise. It is also to be noted that translation can be based on variety of areas such as literary...

Author(s): Umaru Kalgo Kiro and Mary Ngozi Nwodo

September 2017

Tracing the local culture in a reading book

There is a strong relationship between language and culture, both carries the DNA samples of one another, which makes it hard to imagine English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in classrooms and textbooks without any reference to target culture(s). Therefore, teaching a language cannot be thought only as teaching grammatical structures of the target language, but also teaching the culture(s) of the target language or...

Author(s): Mehmet Durmaz

August 2017

Language attrition in bicultural bilinguals: Evidence from Neo-Aramaic animal metaphors

Animal-based metaphors are ubiquitous in natural languages with distinct cross-cultural implications. In this study, these conventional or dead metaphors, so to speak, are used as a tool to measure language erosion and cultural integration. We assumed that Neo-Aramaic-English bicultural bilinguals (NA-E) and Canadian-English speakers (CE) have the linguistic and cultural capacity necessary to establish concerted...

Author(s): Ala Al-kajela

August 2017

Inflectional morphology in Mecha Oromo

This study provides relatively detailed descriptions of inflectional morphology in the Oromo language. It identifies occurrence patterns of morphemes and draws rules for inflections in the language. Although it focuses basically on inflectional morphology, it in some ways, deals with derivational processes and syntactic structures for comparison and relational analysis. A degree of fusion of morphs and morphological...

Author(s): Gobena Wakweya

July 2017

‘You are magnifique, Maeg’s descendants!’ (769th-784th characters)

The researchers studied the Tcheonzamun (The Thousand Character Essay) poem of 769 to 784th characters. The poem is composed of dialogues between an aged man and a young man, or between a husband and wife of a family. The main theme of the poem is ‘recovering from defeat’. The aged man praises the young man, ‘You are magnifique, Maeg’s descendants!’. In another interpretation, there is a...

Author(s): Hyeonhi Regina Park, Jieun Agatha Kim, Kunjoo Daegon Andrea Kim, Jiah Anna Kim, Sohwa Therese Kim, Rosa Kim, Alain Hamon, Francine Tenaillon, Anne-Marie Forget, François Forget and Sangdeog Augustin Kim

July 2017

“I will pray for you that you may become a man well developed and a woman in full bloom beautifully!”; from the translation of Tcheonzamun (the book of ‘The Thousand Character Essay’) poem (705-720th characters)

This study aims to study the meaning of Tcheonzamun (the book of ‘The Thousand Character Essay’) poem of 16 letters from 705 to 720th characters. The Chinese translation of this poem shows how to grow a child well. But the Korean version says, “Think positive!”, “Look on the bright side!”, “I am very proud of you!”; these might be the most principal maxims of their...

Author(s): Hyeonhi Regina Park, Jieun Agatha Kim, Kunjoo Daegon Andrea Kim, Jiah Anna Kim, Sohwa Therese Kim, Rosa Kim, Alain Hamon and Sangdeog Augustin Kim

June 2017

Tcheonzamun author’s prayer to God: “Save our lives, Lord!” (737th to 752nd characters)

In Korea, it is not known that Korean people wrote the Tcheonzamun (The Thousand Character Essay). Korean people firmly believe that Chinese people wrote the poem. Recently, the authors of present report discovered that Korean scripts are shown in Tcheonzamun. Therefore, the authors started to think that the ancestor of Korean people, Maeg country’s people, had written this splendid work. Each Tcheonzamun poem...

Author(s): Hyeonhi R. Park, Jieun A. Kim, Kunjoo D. A. Kim, Jiah A. Kim, Sohwa T. Kim, Alain Hamon, Rosa Kim and Sangdeog A. Kim

June 2017

Ancient Koreans’ petition to God in Tcheonzamun: The thousand character essay poem (641st to 656th letters)

The researchers found that the Tcheonzamun (The Thousand Character Essay) consists of 63 poems of 16 letters, while the last 63rd poem consists of 8 letters. The researchers looked at the history of ancient Korea through Tcheonzamun poem. This is because the history of Korea before the 1st century has not been known until now. Through the first translation using the Chinese character, the researchers found that the...

Author(s): Hyeonhi, R. Park, Jieun, A. Kim, Kunjoo, D.A. Kim, Jiah, A. Kim, Sohwa, T. Kim, Rosa Kim, Alain Hamon, Nicolas Tenaillon and Sangdeog, A. Kim

May 2017

Teachers’ practices and beliefs regarding peer assessment in L2 writing classrooms at Jimma town, South-Western Ethiopia

This study aims at investigating practices and beliefs of teachers regarding the use of peer assessment in EFL writing in Jimma Seto Semro and Jiren preparatory and high schools in South Western Ethiopia. In this study, a descriptive survey based on both qualitative and quantitative data were used. To achieve the objective, all (13) EFL instructors in Seto Semro and Jiren high schools and participated in the study....

Author(s): Haimanot Ayana, Getachew Seyoum and Teshome Egere

May 2017

Participant observation research of a Korean basketball club as a leisure and culture community: With a focus on self-identity

This study comprises a participant observation of a Korean basketball club as a leisure culture community. The study developed a theoretical discussion using the symbolic interactions of Mead. The SPADE basketball club was selected for case study. Research methods took advantage of participant observation and in-depth interviews, among different qualitative research methods. The members of the basketball club were...

Author(s): Jae-Min Lee

April 2017

Looking at the changing world through a displaced and estranged artist: Kazuo Ishiguro’s, ‘an artist of the floating world’

Culture is a shared pattern of behaviour prevailing in a group or a society. It includes all the traditions, customs, beliefs and values that are transmitted from generation to generation and it can shape people. Thus it can be summarized that culture is something commonly shared, transmitted and it has a role in shaping people. When another culture tries to penetrate into the existing culture, some problems arise among...

Author(s): Zeynep Rana Turgut

April 2017

Exploration of factors impeding teacher education college students’ speaking skills: The case of Jimma teachers college in Ethiopia

This research was aimed at investigating factors which affect English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students’ speaking skills in Jimma teacher Education College. The subjects of the study were second year EFL students and EFL teachers in the college. Among the 200 second year English Language students in the college, the researcher took 50% as the sample of the study using the simple random sampling technique. To...

Author(s): Dagne Tiruneh

April 2017

Personal name and history: Change and continuity of naming practices among Maccaa Oromo

This paper addresses the change and continuity of Maccaa Oromo naming practices. Maccaa Oromo is one of Oromo moiety inhabits in western part of Oromia. Mainly data was collected from elder through interview and group discussion. In addition to primary data, various historical books which are related to the topic are surveyed. Thus, in this investigation, both primary and secondary sources were used. The analyzed data...

Author(s): Waktole Hailu

March 2017

Making of the body: Childhood trauma in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child

The study probes into the historical and familial inherited trauma of being black in Toni Morrison’s latest novel - God Help the Child. It illustrates how African American children, in Morrison’s novels, learn about white culture, black communities, and their own self-worth through the legacy of racial discrimination. Childhood experience becomes knowledge and remembering in the hands, in the body, and in...

Author(s): MA Yan and Liu Li-hui

March 2017

“Don’t be an idiot! Fight!” with the apparent title of ‘you must write it in your words as historical records by your own hand’: Translation of the poem on Tcheonzamun (the book of ‘The Thousand Character Essay’) from 673rd to 688th using Chinese characters and Korean pronunciation

It has been found that one poem consists of 16 letters in Tcheonzamun (the book of ‘The Thousand Character Essay’). The poem consists of 16 letters from 673rd to 688th characters from the Tcheonzamun. The poem was translated both through Chinese character and Korean pronunciation. The author of Tcheonzamun wrote the poem to remain to their descendants as record for their difficulties. The meaning of the 4...

Author(s): Hyeonhi Regina Park and Sangdeog Augustin Kim

March 2017

The son and the daughter of Maeg country, I am very proud of you!’ with a title ‘I will do my best for my children as if I stood in front of God!’: - Translation of the poem on Tcheonzamun (the book of ‘The Thousand Character Essay’), from 689th to 704th characters

Tcheonzamun, (book of ‘The Thousand Character Essay’), is so famous in China and in Korea that a lot of common phrases utilized in the practical life are have come from the book.  The researcher translated the poem of Tcheonzamun. It is a poem composed of 16 letters from 689th to 704th. It was done both by using Chinese characters and through Korean pronunciation. The researcher found that in on this...

Author(s): Hyeonhi R. Park, Jieun A. Kim, Kunjoo D. A. Kim, Jiah A. Kim, Sohwa T. Kim, Alain Hamon, Rosa Kim and Sangdeog A. Kim

February 2017

Let’s make from now on the land of our mind broader!’ with a hidden meaning of ‘We had better stop here completely!’; from “Translation of a Tcheonzamun(The Thousand Character Essay; written of 1000 letters in Chinese character) poem(657th - 672nd letters)”

This time, the Tcheonzamun (The Thousand Character Essay; written of 1000 letters in Chinese character) poem consists of 16 letters from 657th to 672nd characters. In the present report, we used two methods for translation; the first method is to use Chinese character meaning for the interpretation, and the second is to utilize Korean pronunciation for our interpretation. The researchers investigated the similarity of...

Author(s): Hyeonhi R. Park, Jieun A. Kim, Kunjoo D. A. Kim, Jiah A. Kim, Sohwa T. Kim, Alain Hamon, Rosa Kim and Sangdeog A. Kim

February 2017

The Tcheonzamun (the thousand character essay)

‘To our enemy Yeon’ with an apparent title of ‘If you want to solve this bad relation between somebody and you’ is the theme of this study. The present research is carried out during the translation of a poem (721st to 736th) in Tcheonzamun (The Thousand Character Essay). In this article, the researchers showed two sides of Tcheonzamun (the thousand character essay) interpretation: one is through...

Author(s): Hyeonhi, R. Park, Jieun, A. Kim, Kunjoo, D.A. Kim, Jiah A. Kim, Sohwa, T. Kim, Alain Hamon, Rosa Kim and Sangdeog A. Kim

January 2017

The nature of lexical collocational errors committed by advanced Iranian learners of English

Collocations are among the pervasive features of languages, and English seems to be particularly rich in such multi-word lexemes. Since they have not received due attention pedagogically, this research aimed at identifying problems facing advanced Iranian learners of English in producing collocations. Over 100 pages of materials written by 30 participants were carefully studied and a list of lexical collocations was...

Author(s): Ali Shiravani Shiri, Firooz Sadighi, Maral Azizi and Marziyeh Nekoueizadeh

December 2016

Heidegger's death in symphony of the dead

The question of death is perhaps the most daring question through the history of human beings. In the Western philosophical tradition death is mostly depicted as an event, a coming of a final chapter of every human's life with which his course of life concludes its narration. Except Martin Heidegger whose conception of death is the existential constitution of human being, announcing and revealing the Nothing of the...

Author(s): Mohsen Sohrabi and Taraneh Houshyar

November 2016

An investigation of participatory governance embedded in gadaa system: Manbadha general assembly of the Arsii Oromo in focus

This study revealed participatory governance rooted in Gadaa system by focusing on manbadha general assembly of the Arsii Oromo. The concept ‘manbadha’ (literally meaning wide house) is used by the Arsii Oromo to mean Gadaa general assembly. To this effect, interview, focus group discussion (FGD) and observation were used to procure data. The finding of this research revealed that Gadaa system is...

Author(s): Ayehu Bacha Teso, Lenin Kuto Hamado and Gemechu Taye Chalenka

October 2016

Grammaticalization of the Amharic word fit “face” from a body part to grammatical meanings

This study focuses on the polysemy of the Amharic fit “face”, its body–part term and grammaticalized meanings. The data has been collected from the wide range of written sources and from the internet due to absence of corpus data. By considering the functional-grammaticalization theoretical model, the grammaticalization of fit “face” is identified to be between the intermediate and advanced...

Author(s): Daniel Aberra

September 2016

A comparative syntactic review of null-subject parameter in English and Ịzọn languages

The theory of universal grammar relies predominantly on the biolinguistic concept of natural endowment and innate knowledge of the general principles of language. It postulates that all humans are naturally endowed with the general rules and configurations of language and to this extent, all natural languages have similar structural features. The theory of universal grammar as hypothesized by Chomsky and propagated by...

Author(s): Odingowei Kwokwo Macdonald

August 2016

Indigenous language shift in Siltie: Causes, effects and directions for revitalization

The purpose of this study is to investigate the major factors that facilitated indigenous language shift in Siltie (a Semitic language; primarily spoken in south-western Ethiopia), their effects on Siltie’s overall identity and the future directions to reverse the situation (revitalize the language). The subjects used for the current study were 10 elders for an interview selected by purposive sampling and 500...

Author(s): Meshesha Make Jobo

July 2016

Error analysis in billboard advertisements written in Afan Oromo in Jimma town

The main objective of the study is to analyze the errors in billboard advertisements written in Afan Oromo in Jimma town. There are many writing problems on most of the billboards in the town. However, the data collection for this study focused only on the errors that totally changed the meaning of the words and phrases and affected communication. In order to achieve the main objective, three specific objectives related...

Author(s): Guta Legese

May 2016

Ibeme as a dialect of Igbo: A lexicostatistic analysis

Ibeme is a variety of Igbo spoken in Ibeme clan comprising four vast autonomous communities namely Ibeme, Abala, Oberete-Isiala and Abala-Nkamiri in Obi-Ngwa Local Government Area, Abia State. Previous studies have classified Ibeme as a patois of Ngwa dialect and it is often glossed over with Ngwa. This study attempts to show that Ibeme is a distinct dialect. Lexicostatistics method using Swadesh wordlist comprising 100...

Author(s): Chimaobi Onwukwe, Roseline Ihuoma Ndimele and Onukawa Edith Ngozi

April 2016

The indigenous Oromo peacemaking ritual: The case of Tajoo among Waayyuu Oromo of Arsii, Ethiopia

This paper tries to reveal Tajoo ritual, which is performed annually in Arfaasaa (spring) as a New Year celebration by Waayyuu Oromo of Arsii. The data for this study were collected through participant observation, interview, focus group discussion and secondary sources. As revealed by the study, Tajoo is a ritual celebrated commonly by the whole community of Waayyuu Oromo on Hinikkaa (the first day of Oromo calendar)....

Author(s): Lenin Kuto Hamado and Dejene Gemechu Chala

April 2016

Alchemic transformation of human creation

This study aimed to analyze the changes in human being in terms of alchemy. The process of human being goes through three stages. The first stage is the germinal period, the second stage is the embryo period, and the third one is the fetal period. Alchemy creates new things through three alchemical stages: nigredo (black), albedo (white), rubedo (red).This research attempts to figure out whether there is any...

Author(s): Kyunghee Kim

March 2016

Investigating factors that impede proper prescription writing in Jimma University Specialized Hospital

The word "prescription", from "pre-" ("before") and "script" ("writing, written"), refers to the fact that the prescription is an order that must be written down before a drug can be dispensed. Prescription is a written order by the prescriber to the dispenser on how the drug should be dispensed. It serves as a means of communication among the prescriber, dispenser and...

Author(s): Guta Legese

March 2016

The sociolinguistics and pragmatics of greetings in Sidama

The main objective of this study was to provide a descriptive account of the greeting system in Sidama, an Ethiopian Highland East Cushitic (HEC) language speaking people culture. Cross sectional and descriptive none interventional research design were followed. The research methodology used was qualitative. Sociolinguistic data were collected from six purposefully selected key informants who are native speakers of...

Author(s): Fekede Menuta Gewta

February 2016

A morphological analysis of Joss paper image in Taiwan - A case study of Fu Lu Shou

Based on the Fu, Lu and Shou Joss papers, the current study investigated the religious tradition of the Joss paper burning as well as the styling features, purposes, and types of the three-god Joss paper via the examination of previous studies and field work. With the collected Joss papers for different purposes, six samples with the three gods were extracted to decipher the componential principles of the three-god...

Author(s): Ching Yang, Tsai-Ching Tsai and Ming-Chuen Chuang

January 2016

An analysis of linguistic landscape of selected towns in Oromia: An ethnolinguistic vitality study

This study investigates the strength of the ethnolinguistic vitality of different languages in Adama, Jimma and Sabata towns, mainly based on the objective of ethnolinguistic vitality score. A corpus of 900 signs were collected from the three towns, 300 signs each. The informational contents of the languages on signs were observed. Data were also collected using in depth interview with five linguistic landscape actors...

Author(s): Alemayehu Fekede and Takele Gemechu

September 2015

Autonomous foreign language learning

This study investigates foreign language teacher candidates’ views regarding the issue of autonomous learning through a survey given to the students in the Department of German Language Teaching at Marmara University in Istanbul. Participants’ views on their responsibilities, learning styles, strategies, and motivation during the learning processes were elicited through the scale “checklists for...

Author(s): R. Ragıp BAŞBAĞI  and Nagehan YILMAZ

August 2015

Analysis of the prospects and challenges of subtitling as a mode of audiovisual translation in Cameroon

This article aims to evaluate the prospects and challenges of subtitling in Cameroon and its positive impacts based on the perceptions of a cross-section of respondents (students) of the University of Buea. The purpose is to assess the effectiveness and the relevance of this mode of audiovisual translation in improving the rate of literacy, its contribution to social development and the level of its use by the most...

Author(s): Ayonghe Lum Suzanne and Carlos Djomo Tiokou

July 2015

Effective teaching from An-Najah National University M.A. Students’ perspectives

This study aimed at exploring effective teaching from An-Najah National University M.A. students’ perspectives.  It also aimed at determining the role of the study variables (gender, accumulative average in BA and the school stage where they teach) in effective teaching from the same perspectives. To achieve these aims, the researchers used structured questionnaire of 21 items which were distributed among 30...

Author(s): Ahmed Awad Amin Mahmoud Raba and Husam Tawfeeq Mohammad Herzallah

June 2015

The ignored Dardic culture of Swat

The Greek historian Herodotus of the fifth century BC used the term “Dadikai” for people now known as Dards or Dardic. He placed the land between Kashmir and Afghanistan as Darada. “Darada” is the Sanskrit term used for the inhabitants of the region. In Pakistan the region is rarely called Dardistan or the people Dard, a Persian word derived from the Sanskrit “darada.” A linguistic...

Author(s): Zubair Torwali

June 2015

How Green are our Stories? Explorations of ecological subjectivities in Ethiopian children’s literature

This study explores the place given to ecological crises in Ethiopian children’s literature. Through examining ecological subject positions in the works, it attempts to investigate values ascribed to nature. More than fifty narratives in fifteen children’s literature books published in Amharic have been considered for the investigation. An Ecocritical approach has been used as a framework to analyze the...

Author(s): Ashenafi Belay Adugna

May 2015

The effects of cultural knowledge on Iranian EFL students’ reading comprehension across male and female learners

Reading comprehension is the most important skill in the absence of oral communication opportunities in foreign language teaching situation. So, the effect of different factors on reading comprehension has been studied. One of these factors is "cultural familiarity" of a text. Is readers' comprehension influenced by "cultural familiarity" of a text? What is the difference between different gender...

Author(s): Danial Shirzadi

April 2015

Back in the U.S.S.R: A Case Study of English/Russian bilingualism using the model of a flexible bilingual spectrum

The fields of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and bilingualism are combined in this study to describe language experience using a flexible bilingual spectrum model in which political, economic and social factors are used to analyze levels of bilingualism. A native Russian speaker who learned English in the U.S.S.R. is interviewed and the results are analyzed in a case study, showing the language experience analysis...

Author(s): Audrey Burns

March 2015

Ethiopian sign language and educational accessibility for the deaf community: A case study on Jimma, Nekemte, Addis Ababa and Hawasa towns

In comparison with the large number of population they have, the deaf community have not been given due attention in terms of education in Ethiopia. This was the main problem that initiated the researcher to conduct research on this area. The general objective of this study is to assess the educational accessibility of Ethiopian Sign Language for the deaf community. The research is a qualitative one and it was based on...

Author(s): Chimdi Wakuma

January 2015

Perception and practice of self-assessment in EFL writing classrooms

This study investigates the perception and practice of EFL learners and students towards self-assessment. The study was conducted taking 50 second year English major students, who were selected by simple random method, as a representative sample. The study also included 10 EFL writing teachers who were selected by comprehensive sampling method. From the study, it was found that both teachers and students had positive...

Author(s): Medhanit Belachew, Meseret Getinet and  Akililu Gashaye

November 2014

Shawl industry in Kashmir under the Mughals (1586-1752 A.D)-A critical note

Kashmir is known throughout the world for its crafts, above all for shawls. The art of weaving was known to the people of Kashmir even during the ancient times. However, it emerged as a flourishing industry under Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin, though he cannot be credited as its founding father as is believed in popular Kashmiri tradition. The industry received a great impetus during the rule of Mughals. It became a royal...

Author(s): Sulakhan Singh and Showkat Ahmad Dar

November 2014

Surname change among some Yorùbá Christians

In this paper, we react to the claim that surname modification or change by some Yorùbá Christians is a violation of God’s law or a recent development among the Yorùbá people and that it encourages semantic ambiguity in language use or word formation. The data collected include data drawn from previous studies on Yorùbá personal names, the lists of staff of three Nigerian...

Author(s): Reuben O. Ìkọ̀tún and  Ọmọ́bọ́lá A. Aládésanmí

September 2014

Concept of family among Kyrgyz and Native American tribes

The growth of technology in the world is the highest achievement of present-day civilization, but it is bringing us into a type of life and unifying our style of living, clothes, behavior and even language. Technology has replaced live communication, and this seems to be marring the borderline between diverse cultures as people become more and more technologically dependent. Smaller nations in this globalized world are...

Author(s): Saltanat Mambaeva

September 2014

Writing both difference and similarity: towards a more unifying and adequate orthography for the newly written languages of Ethiopia: the case of Wolaitta, Gamo, Gofa and Dawuro

Among the most important linguistic developments in Ethiopia since 1991, the development of written forms for many languages that did not have orthographies before has been one. By far the most diverse region in terms of the number of languages spoken is the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS).  This paper deals with the pan-dialectal orthography designed for Wolaitta, Gamo, Gofa and...

Author(s): Hirut Woldemariam

June 2014

Sociolinguistic challenges of the post-1991 Ethiopian Language Policy

Ethiopia has witnessed a history of language policies ranging from pre-1991 linguistic assimilation to the post-1991 official multilingualism. Though many articles have been written on Ethiopia’s current language policy, little attention has been given to the current policy’s challenges and future consequences. Hence, the intention of this article is to reflect upon challenges and future consequences of the...

Author(s): Mesfin Wodajo

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