Languages in Africa
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Languages in Africa multilingualism, language policy, and education by Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics. (2013 Washington, D.C.)

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Written in English


  • African languages,
  • Multilingualism,
  • Congresses,
  • Native language and education,
  • Language policy

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Edition Notes

Statementedited by Elizabeth C. Zsiga, One Tlale Boyer, and Ruth Kramer
SeriesGeorgetown University round table on languages and linguistics series, Georgetown University round table on languages and linguistics series (2004)
ContributionsZsiga, Elizabeth C., editor, Tlale Boyer, One, editor, Kramer, Ruth (Ruth T.), editor
LC ClassificationsP115.5.A35 G46 2014
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 207 pages
Number of Pages207
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL27215911M
ISBN 101626161526
ISBN 109781626161528
LC Control Number2014014514

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