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Pacific Lutheran University

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Spring 2007

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Cameroon: Development and Social Change


This project is a study on the village of Yambetta and its efforts to keep its local language of Yambette. It looks into the organisation YALICO and the role of the local language within Yambetta’s speech community. Through observation and interviews, this study found that Yambetta is a living language not in immediate danger of dying out, and that the efforts of the Summer Institute of Linguistics through the local linguistic committee in Yambetta village is improving the chances that Yambetta will continue to be a living language. This was important because around half of the world’s languages are estimated to be in danger of dying out in the next two hundred years.


African Languages and Societies | Linguistic Anthropology


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