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The role of the African languages research institute in addressing language of instruction dilemmas in Zimbabwe

Masuku, Jesta and Ndhlovu, Finex (2007) The role of the African languages research institute in addressing language of instruction dilemmas in Zimbabwe. Lexikos, 17. pp. 340-348. ISSN 1684-4904

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Abstract

The lexigraphic work of the African Languages Reseacrh Institute (ALRI) has played a significant role in attempting to avoid some of the dilemmas associated with using African languages as media of instruction in the Zimbabwean education system. Monoligual Shona and Ndebele dictionaries, biomedical reference works, dictionaries of musical, literary and linguistic terms as well as children’s dictionaries constitute part of ALRI’s contribution towards the goal of mainstreaming African languages in the education system. This article is an evaluation of the research activities taking place at ARLI. The aim of the article is to demonstrate that if they receive adequate attention through corpus planning, African languages possess the capacity to play an important role as media of instruction across the entire spectrum of the education curricula in Zimbabwe and elsewhere. The article concludes by observing that, if the efforts of ALRI are to succeed, there is need for the co-operation of all stakeholders in language practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID16650, lexicographic work, African languages as media of instruction in Zimbabwean education system, Monolingual Shona and Ndebele dictionaries, mainstreaming African languages in the education system
Subjects: FOR Classification > 2004 Linguistics
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
FOR Classification > 2003 Language Studies
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2011 02:30
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2011 02:30
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3341
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