Standardization processes in the English-lexifier contact languages of Africa


Grant Data
Project Title
Standardization processes in the English-lexifier contact languages of Africa
Principal Investigator
Dr Yakpo, Kofi   (Principal investigator)
Duration
30
Start Date
2019-12-01
Completion Date
2022-05-31
Amount
409000
Conference Title
Presentation Title
Keywords
Standardization, Contact languages, English Creoles, Language policy, West Africa
Discipline
Linguistics and Languages,Anthropology
Panel
Humanities & Social Sciences (H)
Sponsor
RGC General Research Fund (GRF)
HKU Project Code
17608819
Grant Type
General Research Fund (GRF)
Funding Year
2019/2020
Status
On-going
Objectives
1. To document, describe, and compare standardization processes in the English-lexifier contact languages (AECs) of West Africa. 2. To analyze and theorize these processes in aspects like the development of orthographies, lexical modernization, and grammatical description, as well as the uses of the AECs for education, government, in the media, digital communication, and the entertainment industry. 3. To supervise and train undergraduate students on the project. 4. To contribute through academic research, knowledge exchange, and teaching, to the realization of the communicative and social potential of the AECs and other marginalized languages in the societies they are spoken in.