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Title:Sociolinguistic theories: some implications from Malawian data
Author:Kayambazinthu, Edrinnie LoraISNI
Year:2000
Periodical:Journal of Humanities (ISSN 1016-0728)
Issue:14
Pages:9-47
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:language usage
multilingualism
sociolinguistics
language
Language and languages
linguistics
dialects
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/6290
Abstract:Some useful theoretical notions employed in discussing language use patterns in multilingual countries include diglossia, bilingualism, domain of language use, conflict or dominance, linguistic capital and markets, accommodation, network, role relations, language shift and language maintenance, and codeswitching and codemixing. The author examines the relevance and limitations of these frameworks in explaining language use patterns in Malawi, using data collected in Malawi in 1992 on four major languages - Chichewa, Lomwe, Yao and Tumbuka - and the official language, English. It is argued that only a dynamic and integrated model, that emphasizes the ecological, institutional and individual strategies that have created the urban language differentials observed in Malawi, can adequately explain patterns of language choice and use in Malawi. Bibliogr., notes.
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