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French, as stipulated in the constitution (Aménagement linguistique)
Ethnologue lists 78 living languages for Cote d'Ivoire at http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=CI
Apparently none are specifically mentioned in legislation.
According to Dutcher (2004), the main languages of Côte d'Ivoire (with % of the population that speak them) are:
The site L'aménagement linguistique dans le monde has a page on Côte d'Ivoire at http://www.tlfq.ulaval.ca/axl/afrique/cotiv.htm
Three institutions "involved in or responsible for African Language research" in Côte d'Ivoire (UNESCO 1985). Updated information is needed:
French is the language of education although Jula and Senufo have been taught in preschool and the first two years of primary before switching to French. (Dutcher 2004)
UNDP (2006) gives a literacy figure (without reference to which language[s]) of: 48.7%
National languages are written in the Latin alphabet with some additional modified letters (extended characters) and diacritics. A chart showing the extended Latin characters and diacritics used in some Ivoirian languages is available at: http://www.bisharat.net/A12N/COTE-table.htm
See a description of the Orthographe pratique des langues ivoiriennes at: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthographe_pratique_des_langues_ivoiriennes
Myers-Scotton (1990) quotes a 1987 report saying that 5.3% spoke standard French, 29% "popular French" and the majority spoke Jula in interethnic interactions. Not sure how this may have changed over time or in the face of the recent de facto division of the country.
Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 9, shortwave 3 (1998)
Côte d'Ivoire developed a National Information and Communication Infrastructure (NICI) plan in 2000: "Plan de Développement de l'Infrastructure Nationale de l'Information et de la Communication, 2000-2005" http://www.uneca.org/aisi/nici/Documents/cote_d_ivoire_niciplan.doc
More information relating to Côte d'Ivoire's NICI policy process is available at:
The APC page, "ICT Policy in Côte d'Ivoire" has some information and links:
WikiEducator has a page on ICTs and education, including table on enabling and constraining factors, at http://www.wikieducator.org/ICT4Africa/Country_Report_Ivory_Coast
(See also specific language pages.)
Not aware of any software localization activities.
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APC, "ICT Policy in Côte d'Ivoire," Africa ICT Policy Monitor, http://rights.apc.org/africa/index.shtml?apc=s21825e_1 ("Politiques de TIC en/au Côte-d'Ivoire," Observatoire des politiques des TIC en Afrique, http://afrique.droits.apc.org/index.shtml?apc=s21825e_1
Dutcher, Nadine. 2004. Expanding Educational Opportunity in Linguistically Diverse Societies, 2nd. ed. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics. http://www.cal.org/resources/pubs/expand.html
International Telecommunications Union (ITU). 2006. World Information Society Report 2006. Geneva: ITU. http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/publications/worldinformationsociety/2006/wisr-web.pdf
______. 2004. African Telecommunication Indicators 2004. Geneva: ITU.
Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), "Distribution of Top-Level Domain Names by Host Country, Jan 2007" http://www.isc.org/index.pl?/ops/ds/reports/2007-02/dist-bynum.php
Internet World Stats: Africa. 2006, 2007. http://internetworldstats.com/africa.htm
Leclerc, Jacques. L'aménagement linguistique dans le monde, "Côte d'Ivoire," http://www.tlfq.ulaval.ca/axl/afrique/cotiv.htm
Myers-Scotton, Carol. 1990. "Elite Closure as Boundary Maintenance: The Case of Africa." In B. Weinstein, ed. Language Policy and Political Development. Norwood, NJ: Ablex. Pp. 25-42.
SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Languages of Côte d'Ivoire," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=CI
UNDP. 2006. ''Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis. Human Development Report 2006.'' New York: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). [Human development index Adult literacy rate (% ages 15 and older) (HDI) http://hdr.undp.org/hdr2006/statistics/indicators/3.html ]
UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Africa. 1985. African Community Languages and Their Use in Literacy and Education: A Regional Survey. Dakar: UNESCO.
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), "The World Factbook: Cote d'Ivoire" https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/iv.html
Vodafone. 2005. "Africa: The Impact of Mobile Phones." The Vodafone Policy Paper Series, Number 3, March 2005. http://www.vodafone.com/assets/files/en/GPP%20SIM%20paper.pdf
WikiEducator, "ICT4Africa/Country Report Ivory Coast," http://www.wikieducator.org/ICT4Africa/Country_Report_Ivory_Coast
Wikipedia, "Communications in Côte d'Ivoire," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_in_C%C3%B4te_d%27Ivoire
______, "Languages of Côte d'Ivoire," http://en.wikipedia.org/Languages_of_Côte_d'Ivoire
______, "Orthographe pratique des langues ivoiriennes," http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthographe_pratique_des_langues_ivoiriennes