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Title:Who speaks Chibrazi, the urban contact vernacular of Malawi?
Author:Kamanga, Chimwemwe
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (ISSN 1753-5395)
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:lingua francas
language change
urban society
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10228195.2014.910249
Abstract:Chibrazi, the urban contact vernacular of Malawi, is a mixed or hybrid language variety that caricatures language contact and contact induced language change in the country. The term is a combination of the prefix 'chi', used to denote language names, and 'brazi', a vernacularization of the English word 'brother'. Over time, Chibrazi has evolved into an instrument of wider communication and developed in structure. Sofar, Chibrazi has not received much scholarly attention. One question is: Who speaks it? This article provides some answers obtained from a case study that was conducted as part of the author's study at the University of Pretoria. The case study involved the use of a questionnaire, follow-up interviews and observation. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]