ERIC Number: ED045978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Language Use and Social Change. Problems of Multilingualism with Special Reference to Eastern Africa.
Whiteley, W. H., Ed.
This book contains 22 studies relating to the social implications of multilingualism in Eastern Africa. The first section, "General and Theoretical Studies," contains papers on national languages and languages of wider communication in developing nations; the communication roles of languages in multilingual societies; the social and cognitive aspects of bilingualism; the study of restricted codes in sociolinguistics; and the interrelationships and utility of alternative measures of bilingualism. The second section, "Empirical Studies Within Africa," contains studies relevant to several larger themes: the objectives and effects of national language policies; language policies in education; language modernization; language use in the urban milieu; and multilingualism and multiculturalism. They are seen as contributions to a fuller understanding of a number of practical and often urgent questions, such as the language policies of Uganda and Tanzania; the differing and changing roles of English and Swahili; the problems of education in a foreign language; the use of broadcasting in the adaptation of a language for modern uses; methods for language elaboration as illustrated by work on basic Wolof; and the study of loan words as exemplified in Luganda. Among the contributors are scholars such as Joshua Fishman, John J. Gumperz, C.A. Ferguson, Wallace E. Lambert, and David Parkins. (Author/FWB)
Descriptors: African Languages, Biculturalism, Bilingualism, Communication Problems, Cultural Pluralism, Developing Nations, Educational Policy, English, Ganda, Language Instruction, Language Planning, Language Role, Language Usage, Multilingualism, Psycholinguistics, Social Change, Sociolinguistics, Swahili, Wolof
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Sponsor: International African Inst., London (England).
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Identifiers: Africa (East)
Note: Studies presented and discussed at the Ninth International African Seminar at University College, Dar es Salaam, December 1968