Language Planning and Policy in Ethiopia: Challenges and Prospects
This Friday Dr. Derib Ado will give a talk at our departmental seminar. He is an assistant professor at Addis Ababa University and works on a collaborative project with the University of Oslo (and MultiLing), Addis Ababa University, Hawassa University and NTNU. The talk is about the collaborative project and the linguistic situation in Ethiopia.
About the project (from the UiO project pages):
The main aim of the project "Linguistic Capacity Building - Tools for the inclusive development of Ethiopia" is to increase the knowledge and capacity at Ethiopian universities to develop resources for disadvantaged spoken and signed languages, and with that provide the possibilities for children and adult speakers of these languages to use them in education and other democratic arenas that are important for the development of modern Ethiopia. By disadvantaged languages we mean those that are not fully researched, and that lack resources such as orthographies, descriptions of grammar, dictionaries and hence, teaching material.