Journal of West African Languages

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Sustaining the Yorùbá language through writing: a case for the modification of Yorùbá NECO and WAEC marking guides Sustaining the Yorùbá language through writing: a case for the modification of Yorùbá NECO and WAEC marking guides

Abstract

This research is informed by recent reports from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and some Nigerian dailies that some African languages are endangered and that after the next fifty years some of the African languages including the Yorùbá language may cease to exist if certain steps are not taken to address the ugly situation. We argue in this research that, to save the Yorùbá language from dying, orthography in marking guides should attract more marks than what obtains at present where other sub-sections of essay writing such as subject matter, arrangement, idioms and proverbs are rated much higher than orthography. We argue further that the marking guide planners of African languages should identify the peculiarities of the African languages and emphasize them so as to help the African languages to continue to exist as written languages despite the challenges posed by the languages of the colonial authorities.




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Volume Number 46.1
Topic #1 Orthography
Author This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Language English
Language Family Atlantic
Subject Language Yoruba


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