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Writing in Fula in North Senegal : two graphic systems and some questions for the study of digraphia and multiscriptal situations : LRDG seminar

Date: 17 November 2009 Time: 1-2pm

Venue: IAS Building, Meeting Room 1

Writing in Fula in North Senegal: two graphic systems and some questions for the study of digraphia and multiscriptal situations.Marie-Eve Humery, Anthropology of writing research group , IIAC-EHESS (Paris)In this talk, I present a case of multiscriptal practices in an African mother tongue. Drawing on data from my doctoral research in Senegal, I focus in particular on issues relating to data collection and analysis. I begin by explaining the complex situation of writing (and reading) in Fula amongst the Fulbe/Haalpulaar'en people in Senegal and Mauritania. A diacronic and socially contextualised perspective will be used to describe this sociolinguistic context. I will then discuss some methodological and theoretical points which emerge from my study of writing in Fula. For example, which key concepts (digraphia/multigraphia/multiscript) to use and how to define these? What kind of tools and disciplinary approaches are relevant to the study of literacy contexts characterised by multiscriptal practices in one or several languages? How to articulate practices and ideological dimensions related to each graphic system? Finally, I will ask how this field of research could become more participatory, involving the people who are being studied.

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Organising departments and research centres: Educational Research, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

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