Launguages in Africa

by: Cameron and Blake

Languages

There are between 1,250 and 2,100 and by some counts over 3,000 different languages spoken in Africa .


Language is arguably the most important marketer of ethnicity, African languages are classified into four major language families: Khorsan, Nilo-Saharan, Afro-Asiatic, and Niger-Kordofanian. Today Khoisan speakers total to only an estimated 200,000 - 300,000 people. Almost 30 million people living in the savanna lands, bordering the deserts of western and northeastern Africa, speak a Nilo - Saharan tounge.


Causes

The causes of African languages are that kids in Africa grow into a certain language. Every kid follows in their parents foot-steps. Due to the kids following in their foot-steps, they will end up speaking the same as their parents. Some children move when they are younger to america and other places around the world and they learn the english, spanish, french language, it just depends on where they move too and when they move.


Effects

The effects of African languages are the people can't travel as well as you can over here in America. People in America speak primarly English. In Africa, as i said earlier, there are up to 3,000 different languages, you cant understand all the language so you can't expand. Another effect of African languages are education, people in Africa have to stay in their little villages due to the different languages. In your village, most likely there is one main language spoken. They cant go off to a school a ways away from home because of the language problem.


Solution

A solution to the language problem over in Africa is to in education, study other languages and even cut down on the little languages that not many people speak. Another solution is to bond the language groups together, they could help one another to solve the language problem within the country of Africa.