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<email@example.com> I am beginning to assemble some documents issued from expert meetings, conferences, and the OUA on African language transcription and policy for posting on the web at http://www.bisharat.net (under "basic documents"). The documents listed at the end of this message are not to my knowledge available elsewhere on the internet. It would be helpful to get any background and insights into the history of these meetings - or sources for same. I'm working on getting what info I can here in Niamey, but any insights from members of this list would be most appreciated. Also, the contacts I had at UNESCO (the agency that sponsored several expert meetings on language transcription), for seeking permissions for weblication, have not been very helpful. I'd be most grateful for any new contacts there who would have some knowledge about these meetings and interest in their purpose. Finally any contacts concerning OUA's 1986 language plan of action would be most useful. Thank you in advance. (List follows) Bamako 1966 Meeting of experts on the transcription of African languages (sponsored by UNESCO) - 28 Feb.-5 March 1966 Yaoundé 1970 Meeting of experts on Bantu languages Cotonou 1975 Regional seminar on the harmonization and standardization of the alphabets of the languages of Ghana, Togo, Upper Volta, Nigeria[?] and Benin - 21 - 23 August 1975 Niamey 1978 Meeting of experts on the transcription and harmonization of African languages (sponsored by UNESCO) - 17-21 July 1978 Bamako 1979 Meeting of experts on the use of the regional or subregional African languages as media of culture and communication with the continent (sponsored by UNESCO) - 18-22 June 1979 OAU / OUA 1986 Language Plan of Action for Africa Harare 1997 Intergovernmental Conference on Language Policies in Africa (Summary, Declaration & Plan of Action) [obtained in hard copy from UNESCO's Culturelink - they were quite helpful but do not have the older documents - DZO]