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Language and African Development: Theoretical Reflections on the Place of Languages in African Studies

Ndhlovu, Finex (2008) Language and African Development: Theoretical Reflections on the Place of Languages in African Studies. Nordic Journal of African Studies, 17 (2). pp. 137-151. ISSN 1235-4481

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Abstract

Any African Studies discourse that overlooks the role and place of language would be incomplete because language occupies an important position in any meaningful dialogue on African development and on Africa’s engagement with herself and with the wider international community. The premise of this article is that African Studies is about local and Diaspora African identities, and that language is pivotal to our understanding of conceptionsof economics, politics, democracy and human rights in Africa. The paper, therefore, argues for the need to improve the visibility of Africa’s multilingual heritage in the teaching and research activities of African Studies institutions around the world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID16402, African languages, African identities, language and democracy, language and human rights
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
FOR Classification > 2004 Linguistics
SEO Classification > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2011 23:00
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2011 00:12
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3862
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