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Le politiche linguistiche nell’Unione africana

Raymond Siebetcheu    Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italia    

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This paper illustrates the language policy implemented by the African Union (AU). It highlights the impact of language choices within AU institutions on local populations. Sixty years after the independence of most African countries and despite the fact that over two thousand languages are spoken in this continent, language policy is still highly Eurocentric. Moreover, the exclusive use of these few ex colonial languages, not known by the vast majority of the population, has social and linguistic repercussions on Africans who are unable to participate in the political life of their respective countries. AU has made some interesting proposals for the promotion and diffusion of local African languages, but much remains to be done.

Published
May 24, 2021
Submitted
Oct. 16, 2020
Language
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-502-5
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-501-8

Keywords: MultilingualismAfrican languagesLanguage policyColonial languagesAfrican Union

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