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Marten, Lutz (2021) 'From the Margins: Appreciating the African language renaissance as learners of African languages.' African Language and Culture Studies, 1. pp. 41-62.

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In the 21st century, several positive trends have led to higher representation of African languages in public discourse, to an increase in positive attitudes and to more wide-spread awareness of the importance of African languages. Against the background of colonial legacies of strong marginalisation and devalorisation of African languages, these trends can be seen as an “African languages renaissance”, reconnecting with the historical richness of African languages and harnessing them as a powerful, positive resource for the future. Learners of African languages as second or other languages can be part of this development by harnessing their language skills and learning experience to engage with the linguistic dynamics on the continent and to appreciate this African language renaissance as outside supporters and contributors.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Language policy; isiZulu; Otjiherero; African urban youth languages; African Englishes
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre of African Studies
Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS World Languages Institute
Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2022 10:51

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