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Title: Language Use in the Education of Elementary Children in Kinshasa Congo
Author: Karen M Van Wyk
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Institution: Syracuse University
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics
Abstract: This chapter unearths historical pinnings and lays plain the foundation for language use in education in this area. Colonization's masked "civilizing mission" is dismantled by tracing the language planning path coupled with forced oppression and its effect on the native Congolese children. Native language and dominant language use in education are explored historically, politically and educationally. Neocolonial complications which affect native language use and prosperity are explored. Subtractive native language use has resulted in massive illiteracy for the children in decolonized Kinshasa. Proposals for solutions are set forth for reestablishing educational practices for coming generations with the hopes of regaining language privilege and process in this community.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: ISLS Readings in Language Studies, Volume 3: Language and Identity : approximately 35 pages


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