Sociolinguistic survey

Resources by SIL:

Enquête linguistique sur la langue Duungoma :

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

Compte-rendu des enquêtes cartographique, lexicostatistique et sociolinguistique des parlers bozo

Publisher: Mandenkan, 1995

Au mois d'octobre 1990, Susan SMELTZER et Lee HOCHSTETLER, tous deux membres de la SIL, ont commencé des recherches de base et la planification de l'enquête bozo. Pendant les mois de janvier, février et mars l991, une équipe de la SIL a mené une enquête dialectologique parmi les parlers bozo du Delta intérieur du fleuve Niger au Mali. L'enquête s'est déroulée en deux phases: la première, l'enquête cartographique, a été réalisée du 30 janvier au 13 février. La seconde phase, qui comprenait des enquêtes lexicostatistique et sociolinguistique a été réalisée du 2 au 13 mars.

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.

Rapport d'enquête sociolinguistique des dialectes du Djenaama (aussi appelé Sorogaama)

Language: Bozo, Jenaama

Jenaama (in French Djenaama) or Sorogaama is one of the Bozo languages spoken in the interior delta of the Niger River in Mali between San and Nyafounké. The goal of this survey (done in 2003) was to gain a better understanding of Jenaama's dialects by looking at the intercomprehension and the sociolinguistic attitude between the different dialects, with regard to establishing which dialect might serve as a reference for the eventual standardization of written material in Jenaama. Besides this main goal, we also tried to clarify demographic details about the Jenaama speaking population.

Report of a linguistic survey on the Malinké of Western Mali and Senegal with special regard to the Malinké of Kita

Languages: Malinké, Kita

Conversations with people working in Malinké areas and conflicting statements in literature on Malinké dialects caused us to question whether existing or developing literatures (Jula, Bambara, Khassonké, Malinké of Senegal and Maninka of Guinea) could adequately serve all Malinké speakers, especially those in the area of Kita.

The main purpose of the survey was therefore to determine whether or not the
Malinké speakers of the Kita area in Mali need a separate literature. Is their speech form a separate language or can they adequately understand and communicate in the Bambara of Bamako, Khassonké, the Malinké of Eastern Senegal or the Malinké
(Maninka) of Kankan, Guinea?

Secondly, if they are able to understand one or more of these speech forms, which one is the most easily understood and what is their attitude toward using literature in any of the above-mentioned speech forms.

Northern Songhay languages in Mali and Niger

Languages: Tadaksahak

Inherent intelligibility between Tadaksahak (Dausahaq), Tasawaq (Ingelsi), Tagdal and Tabarog was measured using the Recorded Text Test developed by the Summer Institute of Linguistics. Language attitudes of the speakers of the Northern Songhay varieties in Niger were also investigated using group interview schedules and by observation.

Fulfulde language family report

This report maps the location of Fulfulde speakers in Africa. Seventeen African countries from Senegal to Sudan are home to Fulfulde speakers. This latest effort at mapping the Fulfulde dialect continuum draws on earlier maps, library research, database information from the Ethnologue, and data from field linguists working in most countries where Fulfulde is spoken. Included is an introduction to the Fulfulde and a large bibliography.

Rapport Sociolinguistique sur la Langue Bobo Madaré

Language: Konabere

There are four principle objectives for the Bobo-Madaré survey that was undertaken in 1995: (1) to test the intelligibility of literature written in the southern prestige dialect, Syabéré, among the people in the north, (2) to evaluate the northern people’s knowledge of Jula and the literature written in Jula, (3) to learn more about the attitude of the northern people toward their own language and toward Syabéré and Jula, and (4) in case of need for separate literature in northern Bobo-Madaré speech, to find the optimal language center for development of writing.

The findings indicate a need for separate language development in northern Bobo- Madaré and recommend the speech of Tansilla as an appropriate center. 231 words elicited in seven locations within the Bobo-Madaré homeland are included in the report.

Kagoro Sociolinguistic Survey

For this survey, an important question is how “close” Kagoro is to other Mandé languages. More specifically, is it possible for Kagoro speakers to use literature written in closely related languages. If so, there may be no need, from a purely linguistic point of view, to develop materials in Kagoro. The languages in question are Bambara, Khassonké and Malinké of Kita.