It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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The Politics of Language and Nation Building in Zimbabwe
This book examines the exclusion of minority languages (and their speakers)
from the mainstream domains of everyday social life in postcolonial
Zimbabwe. It considers forces of hegemonic nation building, subtle cultural
oppression and a desire for linguistic uniformity as major factors
contributing to the social exclusion of Zimbabweans from language groups
other than Shona and Ndebele. The book interprets the various forms of
language-based exclusion exercised by Shona and Ndebele language speakers
over minority groups as constituting a form of linguistic imperialism.
Contrary to the popular view that English is Zimbabwe's «killer language»,
which should be replaced by selected indigenous languages that are
perceived as more nationally «authentic» and better grounded in both pre-
and post-imperial frameworks, this book argues that linguistic imperialism
has very little to do with whether the dominating language is «foreign» or
«indigenous». The author discusses oral submissions from minority language
speakers, language experts, policy-makers and educators. While the focus is
specifically on the politics of language and identity in Zimbabwe, this
case study gives an insight into the complexity of identity and nation
building in postcolonial Africa.
History of language politics in Zimbabwe - Language politics in colonial
Zimbabwe - Language and politics in the postcolonial context - Language use
in education, media, law and administration - Critique of mainstream
discourses on language and Zimbabwean politics - Language and ethnicity in
PF ZAPU and ZANU PF politics - Language and ethnicity in ZANU PF internal
politics - Language and ethnicity in MDC internal politics - Language
policy as a site of political contests - Everyday forms of language-based
marginalization - Language and nation building or language and empire
building? - National identity and discourses of exclusion - Language
hierarchies and internal colonization - The future of marginalized
identities - Strategies for the maintenance of minority identities - The
Zimbabwe case study in global perspective.