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Title:Attitudes to speech and language among the Limba of Sierra Leone
Author:Finnegan, Ruth
Year:1969
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Issue:2
Pages:61-77
Language:English
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:Limba
indigenous languages
Abstract:To the assumption that non-literate peoples have little or no awareness of the subtleties and depths of linguistic expression is sometimes added the suggestion that they lack the power of analysis (or possess it only in a very small degree) and have little or no capacity for abstract thought. There is also the special image of 'primitive man' as incapable of standing back in a detached fashion, and thus being emotionally involved with the world around him. The present discussion is designed in the first place to assess the truth of this crude picture of non-literate peoples in the light of attitudes to language and speaking among the Limba. In addition, one or two points arise from this particular instance which are relevant to the general question of the possible consequences of non-literacy. Note, ref.
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