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West African Research Association Newsletter

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Spring 2008


Language obsolescence -- West Africa, Atlantic languages, Languages in contact -- West Africa, Endangered languages


This article presents an overview of the less widely spoken languages of the Atlantic Group (Niger-Congo), as representing the most seriously threatened language group in West Africa. Study of this group indicates that language endangerment is real and widespread. The basis for this claim comes from the literature on these languages, from personal research on the Atlantic languages dating back to 1984, and from recent and ongoing fieldwork on several highly endangered languages of Sierra Leone and Guinea.


Originally appeared in the Newsletter of the West African Research Association, Spring 2008, published by the West African Research Association.

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