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Title:Transborder Languages of Africa
Author:Chumbow, Beban S.
Year:1999
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Volume:25
Issue:1
Period:Winter
Pages:51-69
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:boundaries
indigenous languages
scramble for Africa
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02533959908458661
Abstract:Following the arbitrarily imposed boundaries resulting from the Berlin Conference of 1884, millions of African people of the same ethnic identity, sharing the same language and governed by historical and cultural bonds, suddenly found themselves partitioned and shared between colonial powers. Today they belong to different nations. These transborder language communities share characteristics that are crucial to the study and development of transborder languages. The state of the development of these languages in Africa varies from country to country. Within the perspective of a comprehensive policy of inter-State cooperation, transborder languages have a crucial role to play, particularly in defusing border tensions. For the effective development and use of transborder languages for both national development and international cooperation, transborder language planning committees and transborder language commissions should be set up. Bibliogr., notes.
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