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Title:Special issue: Language politics in Africa
Editor:Du Plessis, TheodorusISNI
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (ISSN 1022-8195)
Geographic terms:Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
South Africa
Subjects:language policy
French language
English language
indigenous languages
Swahili language
Abstract:This special issue on language politics in Africa deals, to a large extent, with the legacy of colonial language policies and the conventions of language politics that have been formed by this legacy. The issue kicks off with a contribution by Gerrit Brand on African philosophy and the politics of language in Africa. The other articles deal with more concrete aspects of language policy, two focusing on the role and influence of French, the other three on the role and influence of English in postcolonial Africa: The origins of Belgian colonial language policies in the Congo (Michael Meeuwis); 'To understand lessons, think through your own languages': an analysis of narratives in support of the introduction of indigenous languages in the education system in Senegal (Ibrahima Diallo); Political and sociolinguistic obstacles to the expanded functions of Kiswahili in Kenya (Benson Ojwang); The politics of the English language in Zimbabwe (Maxwell Kadenge and Dion Nkomo); Language policy, language visibility and the standardization of geographical names in South Africa: the quest for coherency (Theodorus du Plessis). [ASC Leiden abstract]