Gen Sani Abacha said:
By development, I'm talking about functional development in usage domains. For instance you can't obtain a degree in Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Engineeering, Aeronautics etc via the Yoruba langauge. You can't learn to fly an aeroplane, navigate a ship or space shuttle using entirely the Yoruba languge. We still need to adapt/develop the language to include these fields of endeavour/knowledge. This doesn't make Yoruba inferior, but it does mean the langauge hasn't been developed to include those fields just yet! I myself have been part of the efforts to adapt/adopt/create terms to bring the world, wide web and Computer Science as a field of endeavour into the Yoruba language, so I know what I am talking about.
i understand what you mean but when considering Yoruba you have to understand that in the areas where this language does thrive, Aeronautics and the like aren't important parts of the local society. And also more importantly, a Yoruba degree in Aeronautics would mean you can only work in Southwestern Nigeria and Southeastern Benin. That's it. Whereas in Italy, you can work in the ENTIRE country with a degree like that. The language hasn't developed on those terms because it's highly unnecessary. That's like finding a Yoruba word for snow or icicles. It doesn't make the language less developed.