Hochstetler, Lee

Resources by SIL:

Culture Change Resulting from the Commercialization of Cotton in a Jɔ Village in Mali

Focusing on the “samogho” village of Koura
Publisher: SIL Mali, 2006
Language: Jowulu

Jɔ culture has changed dramatically in the last generation. The most influential single factor bringing about these changes appears to be the commercialization of cotton. Changes in social structure, farming methods, economy, and education are described and linked to the production and sale of cotton.

Subject: Anthropology
Sociolinguistic survey

Enquête linguistique sur la langue Duungoma :

Une langue samogo parlée au Burkina Faso et au Mali
Language: Duungooma

Sociolinguistic Survey of the Dogon language area

Languages: Dogon, Toro So

In 1998 a sociolinguistic survey was conducted in the Dogon language area in central Mali to assess whether all Dogon speakers could potentially use literature published in the Toro-soo speech variety (the Dogon variety selected by the Malian government to be the sole standard). If not, then which speakers of which speech varieties would have trouble understanding it? To what degree might these Dogon speakers benefit from literature in Bambara and Fulfulde? Or might further linguistic analysis and literacy work be needed in other Dogon speech varieties in order for all Dogon speakers to have access to a literature they could understand? This research included identifying the Dogon speech varieties, listing villages where each is spoken, mapping the geographical area of each speech variety, collecting wordlists, and asking questions following a standardized questionnaire.

A Sociolinguistic Survey of Eastern Maninkakan, including the Wassulu area

In February 2011 a survey was conducted to clarify the geographic boundaries involving several speech varieties of the Mandé language family spoken in southern Mali and northeastern Guinea, with relevance to the northwestern corner of Côte d’Ivoire. The implicated speech varieties are Bambara [bam] (i.e. wassulunkakan dialect), Eastern Maninkakan [emk], Wojenakan [jod] (i.e. folonkakan dialect), and Jula [dyu].

The tools used were a participatory mapping exercise, a group questionnaire, individual questionnaires, and a sentence repetition test. The results indicate that the boundaries of Eastern Maninkakan form a polygon roughly following lines drawn from Bamako (in Mali), to Dabola (in Guinea), to Faranah (in Guinea), to Kérouané (in Guinea), to the point where Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Mali come together, and back to Bamako.

In addition to literature already being developed in the maninka-mori dialect of Guinea, it is recommended that another literacy program be developed in Mali for the Maninka people living south of Bamako, resulting in two programs for Eastern Maninkakan.