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Title:A Sociolinguistic Survey of the ‘Yara (Kamuku) people, Niger and Kaduna States, Nigeria
Abstract:During two trips in August and November 2007, the survey team visited the ‘Yara (Kamuku) people of Niger and Kaduna States, Nigeria. The main goal was to determine how many of their speech varieties need to have a written form in order to serve the whole group. The focus of this survey was on the Cinda and Regi dialects listed as Cinda-Regi-Tiyal, ISO 639-3 identifier [cdr] in the 15th edition of the Ethnologue (Gordon 2005). Other dialects were included to see if they could benefit from development in Cinda or Regi: Kuki, Kuru and Maruba [also cdr]; Rogo and Shiyabe [rod]; Zubazuba [probably acp]; and Shama and Sambuga [sqa]. The survey team  tested intelligibility between the Cinda, Regi, Kuki and Rogo speech varieties, with the help of comprehension questions concerning natural narrative texts recorded in each variety.  interviewed groups of men and women of a variety of ages about language identity, dialect intelligibility, multilingualism, domains of language use, language vitality, language attitudes and literacy.  interviewed church leaders regarding the use of various languages in church services and for Scripture reading.  interviewed school teachers regarding which languages are used in the schools, the general level of education of the people, and the people’s attitudes towards education and literacy.  collected wordlists; The interviews and wordlists show that Cinda, Regi and Kuki are quite similar. We also were not able to prove that speakers of any of these three dialects found either of the other dialects unintelligible.
Contributor (author):Yoder, Zachariah
Hannelová, Katarína
Magnusson, Carol
Oro, Yakubu
Otronyi, Linus
Rueck, Michael J.
Spencer, Katharine
Date:2007-08 to 2007-11
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/60335
Extent:vi,77 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/60335
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):NE
Subject:Eastern Acipa language
Cinda-Regi-Tiyal language
Rogo language
Shama-Sambuga language
vitality; intelligibility; dialect; bilingualism
Subject (ISO639):acp
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Yoder, Zachariah; Hannelová, Katarína; Magnusson, Carol; Oro, Yakubu; Otronyi, Linus; Rueck, Michael J.; Spencer, Katharine. 2007-08 to 2007-11. SIL Language and Culture Archives.
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Country: Nigeria
Area: Africa

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