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- DescriptionThis book examines the exclusion of mirity 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 mirity 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 indigeus 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 indigeus. The author discusses oral submissions from mirity 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.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Finex Ndhlovu holds a Ph.D. from Monash University. He was formerly a lecturer in the Department of African Languages and Culture at Midlands State University and is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives (ICEPA) and the School of Communication and the Arts, Victoria University, Australia. His research interests focus on language politics and identity formation.
- Author(s)Finex Ndhlovu
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/07/2009
- Series TitleAfrica in Development
- Series Part/Volume Number2
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Content Note16, 1 ill., 15 tables
- Weight360 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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