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Title:Language handicap in everyday life
Author:Omondi, L.N.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Geographic term:Kenya
Abstract:Language handicap in everyday life can easily be observed in Kenya. The Kenyan situation is in fact exemplary because it is multilingual and multicultural so that one must consider not only mothertongue communication situations but also cross-cultural communication among people of various linguistic backgrounds. There are situations where people of varied linguistic and sociocultural experiences are brought together in a linguistic communication irrespective of whether they have the necessary competence in a common language or not. In such situations, language handicap is a negative force not just with regard to communication itself, but also generally with respect to the effectiveness of whatever the people concerned are trying to achieve as a result. In such situations the underprivileged often suffer more from the language handicap than the socioculturally more privileged. Efforts to uplift the underprivileged must therefore take special account of language communication and all possible related problems if they are to be effective. Language handicap is a negative force against socio-economic development in Kenya which must be appreciated and squarely reckoned with. Commentary and recommendations p. 188-189. Ref.