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Title:Language and African development: theoretical reflections on the place of languages in African Studies
Author:Ndhlovu, FinexISNI
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African studies
African languages
African identity
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol17num2/ndhlovu.pdf
Abstract:Any African Studies discourse that overlooks the role and place of language would be incomplete because language occupies an important position in any meaningful dialogue on African development and on Africa's engagement with itself and with the wider international community. The premise of this article is that African Studies is about local and diaspora African identities, and that language is pivotal to an understanding of conceptions of economics, politics, democracy and human rights in Africa. The paper, therefore, argues for the need to improve the visibility of Africa's multilingual heritage in the teaching and research activities of African Studies institutions around the world. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]