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date: 01 June 2020

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In the late 1980s, the attention of linguists was drawn to the fact that the world’s languages are disappearing at an alarming rate. Since then, steps have been taken to revitalize those that can be revitalized but, most importantly, document the languages before they disappear. There is the perception, however, that even though Africa has about a third of the world’s languages, accounts of language endangerment do not take the specificities of the African situation into consideration. This chapter discusses the types of endangerment in Africa and the role African scholars are playing in documentation, as well as modest efforts at the revitalization of dying languages on the continent.

Keywords: language endangerment, documentation, revitalization, dying language, African situation

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