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Title:The position of the Subiya language in Caprivi
Author:Ohly, RajmundISNI
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Geographic term:Namibia
language usage
Abstract:This paper is the result of a sociolinguistic research project realized in 1991-1992 in the Caprivi Strip of Namibia. The research aimed at comparing the sociolinguistic situation of the Subiya and Fwe areas in Caprivi in order to highlight distinctive linguistic characteristics of Cisubiya speakers. Samples of Cisubiya speakers and Sifwe speakers were asked about their understanding of being Subiya/Fwe, their language use, their language proficiency, and their ideas about the future of their own language. It was found that both the Subiya and the Fwe are trilingual, using Cisubiya/Fwe, Lozi, the lingua franca of the area, and English in different situations. However, whereas the Fwe prefer Lozi to English, the Subiya prefer English to Lozi. Respondents from both areas agreed that Lozi contributed to the suppression of Cisubiya and Sifwe. They advocated the use of Cisubiya/Sifwe instead of Lozi in school and for administrative purposes. Bibliogr.