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ERIC Number: ED428576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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The State of a Nation: Kiswahili, A Window on Kenya.
Der-Houssikian, Haig
A study examines the use of Kiswahili as representative of the dynamism of Kenyan society and the degree to which the Kenyan body politic has achieved cohesion. It focuses on a series of urban centers with overlapping spheres of influence, referred to as the urban corridor. The Kenyan situation is viewed through a model provided by chaos theory and its derivative complexity theory. An introductory section explains the relevance of chaos and complexity theories in this context and describes the general demography and language situation of Kenya. The history of the spread of Kiswahili is then chronicled briefly, and current patterns of use are described. The relative positions of English and Kiswahili are also examined, noting factors that affect this relationship. Finally, the state of Kenyan language policy is considered. Contains 12 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya