Khalil Alio Presentation on 'Language Policy in Chad' -- PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE

Professor Khalil Alio explores the linguistic problematic in Chad and its implications with the objectives of development. Chad is a multilingual state with roughly 140 indigenous national languages and two official languages, French and Arabic. Professor Alio discusses the illiteracy rate and impacts on citizen participation in State Affairs and development. **Please note that the date of Professor Alio's lecture has been changed from 5/27/04 to 5/26/04 and moved to room 10383, Bunche Hall.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Republic of Chad, like many African countries south of the Sahara, is a multilingual state with about 140 indigenous national languages, plus two official languages, French and Arabic. The rate of adult illiteracy is around 70%.  Language is undeniably the primary source and the indispensable vehicle that has to be reckoned with in order to attain the objectives of national development. The citizen is the central agent of development. Therefore, appropriate conditions have to be created to enable the citizen’s participation in the management of State Affairs, and by the same token preserve their languages. This presentation explores the linguistic problematic in Chad and its implications with the objectives of development.

Khalil Alio is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of N’Djamena in Chad Republic.  He is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at UCLA.  Before receiving his Ph.D. in African Linguistics from Philipps-Universität at Marburg in Germany, he attended the Oxford branch of the English Study Center at Colchester in Essex, England and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He taught at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. He was Director of the UNESCO Chad National Commission. He was also Vice-president and later President of the University of N’Djamena. He produced three books and numerous articles on the linguistic situation in Chad. Among these are: Language, Democracy and Development: Prerequisites for  language planning in Chad; Bilingual Education In Chad: from Theory to Practice; Multilingualism and Culture in Chad. He has read various papers in conferences abroad and within Chad and has consulted on issues of language planning, Literacy for Islamic Development Bank, the Summer Institute of Linguistics and local government agencies.

Special Instructions

Parking is available in lot #3 for $7.

Cost : Free and open to the public.

For more information please contact:

James S. ColemanAfrican Studies Center

Tel: 310-825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center