African Languages, Development and the State

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This shows that multilingusim does not pose for Africans the problems of communication that Europeans imagine and that the mismatch between policy statements and their pragmatic outcomes is a far more serious problem for future development

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Notes on contributors
1 Introduction: Frontiers and boundaries - African languages as political environment 1
Pt. I West Africa
2 Pride and prejudice in multilingualism and development 33
3 Official and unofficial attitudes and policy towards Krio as the main lingua franca in Sierra Leone 44
4 The politics of language in Benin 55
5 Minority language development in Nigeria: a situation report on Rivers and Bendel States 62
6 Using existing structures: three phases of mother tongue literacy among Chumburung speakers in Ghana 76
Pt. II Central and Southern Africa
7 The language situation and language use in Mozambique 89
8 Language and the struggle for racial equality in the development of a non-racial Southern African nation 97
9 Dismantling the Tower of Babel: in search of a new language policy for a post-Apartheid South Africa 111
10 Healthy production and reproduction: agricultural, medical and linguistic pluralism in a Bwisha community, Eastern Zaire 122
11 Minority language, ethnicity and the state in two African situations: the Nkoya of Zambia and the Kalanga of Botswana 142
Pt. III East Africa
12 Loanwords in Oromo and Rendille as a mirror of past inter-ethnic relations 191
13 The metaphors of development and modernization in Tanzanian language policy and research 213
14 Language, government and the play on purity and impurity: Arabic, Swahili and the vernaculars in Kenya 227
Name index 246
Subject index 249
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