West African Research Association Newsletter
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.
Childs, George Tucker (2008). Language death in West Africa among the Atlantic Group of Niger-Congo. West African Research Association Newsletter, Spring: 1, 14