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Full Title: African Linguistic Landscapes and Language Interaction in Traditional and Global Contexts

Short Title: AL2LITGC
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Start Date: 17-May-2017 - 19-May-2017
Contact: Yamina El Kirat
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Linguistic pluralism is a key element of African pluralities. Multilingualism, already present in pre-colonial times, has considerably increased due to a higher amount of language contact as part of colonialism and modernization processes. Globally, Africa is the continent with the largest linguistic diversity - one fifth of the world’s languages are spoken in African countries. Highly complex linguistic landscapes are characteristic for most African countries where individual bilingualism as well as social multilingualism, often in diglossic form, are widespread.

Linguistic diversity is not purely a phenomenon of modernity or globalization but has a historical dimension. However, complexity is added through European colonial contact and the establishment of European languages for various functions in interaction with African languages. As a result, highly dynamic linguistic situations are constitutive for the overwhelming majority of African nation states which emerged after colonial independence and which are usually characterized by multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual communities. Language is without doubt one of the most important systems of signification for individual expression as well as for the formation of social identities within these communities. Feelings of belonging are also deeply rooted in linguistic allegiances. Thus, also with regard to language and communication, such communities form contact zones of continuous exchange, with modes of interaction ranging from resistance and rejection to parallelism, convergence, accommodation and acceptance, etc. In order to investigate different processes of interaction, one can focus on at least two perspectives: 1. the political and educative aspect of language planning and politics and 2. the linguistic aspect of language contact which embraces a structural and an interactional dimension.

Venue: Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences- University Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco. May, 17-19, 2017
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 27.5203

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