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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Terminology in African user models
Author:Ohly, RajmundISNI
Year:1997
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Volume:80
Issue:1
Pages:95-114
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:language policy
language usage
Abstract:This article uses a sociolinguistic approach to analyse the integration of technical terminology, i.e. language for special purposes (LSP), in African languages. It argues that despite the activities of linguistic institutions in almost all countries in Africa, the terminological achievements made thus far are rather meagre. The main reason for this is the language policy of many African States. Only ten African States have adopted an endoglossic language policy, while the remaining States may be classified as exoglossic without a national language. Three African user models are distinguished in order to give insight into African terminology in nascendi. These are the discourse model (DM), which contains a stratified mother tongue structure based on language norms, on the one hand, and variations in language expressed by diglossia, literary language, etc. on the other; the user model (UM), which is characterized by codeswitching; and the expert user model (EUM), characterized by the use of professional language or any LSP. Bibliogr., notes.
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