ISBN 978-3-927620-94-0


The National Official Language of the Central African Republic

Edited by: Helma Pasch. With a preface by: Bernd Heine. With contributions by: Marcel Diki-Kidiri, Jeannine Gerbault, Sylvie Grand’Eury, Valeri Khabirov, Michel Marie Koyt, Helma Pasch, William J. Samarin, Christina Thornell, James A. Walker.

138 pp.
1 map, 4 diagrams, author and subject index
Text language(s): English, French
Format: 160 x 240 mm
280 g
€ 34.80

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The Central African Republic belongs to those African nations which have given an autochthonous language the status of a second official language, next to one imported from Europe. The number of speakers of Sango as lingua franca is estimated to 5 Mill., the number of mother-tongue speakers to some hundred thousand people. The implementation of Sango meets, however, a series of problems, which are discussed in the present volume.


Bernd Heine:

Helma Pasch:

Michel Marie Koyt:
La situation du Sango en République Centrafricaine

Marcel Diki-Kidiri:
Developper le Sango en tant que langue officielle

Christina Thornell:
Reflections on the 1984 Sango orthography decree

Sylvie Grand’Eury:
Le Sango au service de l’animation des structures communautaires rurales et urbaines

Jeannine Gerbault:
The development of Sango literacy in Central African Society

Helma Pasch:
Status and role of Sango in the Central African Republic as contrasted to French

Valeri Khabirov:
The verbal paradigm of Sango

William J. Samarin / James A. Walker:
Verb-marking in Sango

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