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Title:Language provisions in Kenya's new Constitution and their implication on language policy
Author:King'ei, KitulaISNI
Periodical:Kiswahili (ISSN 0856-048X)
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:language policy
Abstract:The paper explores language related provisions included in Kenya's new Constitution adopted into law in August 2010. In the introduction, a brief note on Kenya's current language situation is offered and the concept of language planning models practiced in Africa, including Kenya, is discussed with examples. The discussion moves to critically look at each language provision in the Constitution and evaluates how the implementation of each provision is likely to affect the formation of language policies in the various sectors. These include: human rights, cultural and artistic expression, communication, education and parliament and, by extension, the judiciary. The principles in the model on language planning advanced by E. Haugen (1966) are referred to. The paper concludes by giving a summary of the major language related achievements attained by the new Constitution. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]