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Portuguese (de jure) with Cape Verde Creole (Kabuverdianu) also mentioned in the constiturion. (Aménagement linguistique)
Almost all the population speaks Cape Verde Creole (Kabuverdianu) as their mother tongue.
Ethnologue has a list at http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=CV
None. (Should Kabuverdianu be added?)
The site L'aménagement linguistique dans le monde has a page on Cape Verde at http://www.tlfq.ulaval.ca/axl/afrique/Cap-Vert.htm
Ministère de l'Education et de la Culture
Cidade de Praia
REPUBLICA DE CABO VERDE
(Source: UNESCO, 1985)
According to Ethnologue, Portuguese is the language of formal education.
UNDP (2006) gives a literacy figure (without reference to which language[s]) of: 76%
"The has been some progress in the islands themselves, e.g. the founding of the Comissão Nacional para a Língua Cabo-Verdiana and the Forum de Alfabetização Bilingue in 1989 and of the Comissão Nacional para a Padronização do Alfabeto in 1993. The ALUPEC or Alfabeto Unificado para a Escrita do Crioulo, a compromise between Veiga's original phonematic orthography and more conservative writing systems, is still awaiting ratification by the Cape Verdean Parliament while it is already being used in bilingual education programs in Massachusetts." (Bartens, 1999)
"In 2005, the ALUPEC was recognized by the Cape Verdean government as a viable system for writing the Cape Verdean Creole, being until now the only one officially recognized by the same government. In spite of being the only one officially recognized, the same law allows the usage of alternative writing models, “as long they are presented in a systematized and scientific way”." (Wikipedia)
ALUPEC letters: A B D DJ E F G H I J K L LH M N NH N̈ O P R S T TX U V X Z (the only extended letter is <n̈> n with umlaut)
UNESCO (1985) reported the following periodicals (name, frequency of publication, circulation, language). Updated information is needed:
Radio broadcast stations: AM 0, FM 22 (plus 12 repeaters), shortwave 0 (2002) (CIA)
Cape Verde National Information and Communications Infrastructure (NICI) plan (2001): "Plan National de Développement d’Infrastructure des Technologies d’Information et Communication" http://www.uneca.org/aisi/nici/Documents/PNTICS-fr_version_final.pdf
More information on Cape Verde's NICI policy is available at:
The APC page, "ICT Policy in Cape-Verde" has some information and links:
WikiEducator has a table on enabling and constraining factors for ICTs in education http://www.wikieducator.org/ICT4Africa/Country_Report_Cape_Verde
Not aware of any software localisation activities.
APC, "ICT Policy in Cape-Verde," Africa ICT Policy Monitor, http://rights.apc.org/africa/index.shtml?apc=s21823e_1 ("Politiques de TIC en/au Cap Vert," Observatoire des politiques des TIC en Afrique, http://afrique.droits.apc.org/index.shtml?apc=s21823e_1
Bartens, Angela (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Sans Andrés), 1999. The Rocky road till education in Creole: Examples from Portuguese-, Spanish- and French-based creole speaking communities. Cuadernos del Caribe N°3
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/
Internet World Stats: Africa. 2006. http://internetworldstats.com/africa.htm
Leclerc, Jacques. L'aménagement linguistique dans le monde, "République du Cap-Vert," http://www.tlfq.ulaval.ca/axl/afrique/Cap-Vert.htm
SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Languages of Cape Verde Islands," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=CV
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: Cape Verde," https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cv.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 Cape Verde," http://www.wikieducator.org/ICT4Africa/Country_Report_Cape_Verde
Wikipedia, "ALUPEC", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ALUPEC
______, "Cabo Verde," http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabo_Verde
______, "Cape Verde," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde
______, "Communications in Cape Verde," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_in_Cape_Verde