frans.plank at UNI-KONSTANZ.DE
Thu Sep 8 18:02:42 UTC 2011
Dear literate lingtypists,
were you aware that today is UNESCO's International Literacy Day? (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/education-building-blocks/literacy/advocacy/international-literacy-day/
They complain that 793 million adults worldwide lack minimum literacy
skills: one in 6 adults is still not literate.
Does anybody know how they count the speakers of non-written
languages? Does 'illiterate' in UNESCO speak also include these?
Are there reliable figures of the numbers of non-written languages and
their speakers? I'm asking because I tend to mention this sort of
thing in teaching. Perhaps typologists should be aware of this, too.
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