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Title:Child language research in Africa: problems and prospects
Author:Chimimbo, M.
Periodical:Bulletin of the International Committee on Urgent Anthropological and Ethnological Research
Geographic term:Africa
Abstract:This paper discusses the problems with which child language researchers in Africa are faced. These problems include political problems (Which language(s) should be studied? Who should examine child language: local African or expatriate researchers? Should child language research be carried out at all, considering the fact that it is generally regarded as nondevelopmental?); financial problems; personnel problems (particularly problems of training); problems of research frameworks and methodologies; and information problems (lack of access to sources of information on international research on child language, and poor dissemination of information on African child language research). The prospects for child language research in Africa will depend on the fostering of interdisciplinary research; the institution of postdoctoral research fellowships, both outside Africa for African scholars and within Africa for Western scholars; and the involvement of regional organizations. Bibliogr.