Media, education and the count of Namibian languages
AbstractThis paper shows that the number of languages in Namibia, as it happens with the linguistic diversity of many countries, is a range (10 to 31) whereby the margin of error (±21) is greater than the minimum count (10). The paper uses the framework of a typological categorisation of languages presented in a previous paper which suggested that the morphological behaviour of language names, or glossonyms, as well as the way these can be grouped, were to a large extent responsible for this pattern. The paper also shows that, in the case of Namibia, the minimum count relates to the use of glossonyms in the media, while the maximum count relates to their use in the education system.
It is a condition of publication that authors vest the copyright of their reviews and articles, including abstracts, in the publisher of JNS, Otjivanda Presse. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and the dissemination of the article and the journal to the widest possible readership. Authors may use the article elsewhere after publication as long as reference to its publication in JNS is provided. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.