n Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Southern Africa - African languages in the twenty-first century : editorial

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-5986



Extracted from text ... EDITORIAL African languages in the twenty-first century Of all continents, Africa lays claim to the highest concentration of languages in the world. The number of languages in Africa has been estimated at between 2 000 and 2 500, accounting for nearly a third of the world's languages. Not only does Africa have a remarkable variety of languages, but it also has highly intricate patterns of language use. Multilingualism and plurilingualism are the order of the day. The complex interplay between the legacy of colonialism and the global forces of the twenty-first century has led to exoglossic language policies and ..

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