oa Lagos Notes and Records - The French language and the Francophone African creative writer
|Article Title||The French language and the Francophone African creative writer|
|© Publisher:||University of Lagos, Nigeria|
|Journal||Lagos Notes and Records|
|Affiliations||1 Department of European Languages, University of Lagos|
|Publication Date||May 2006|
|Pages||67 - 80|
|Keyword(s)||Cultural action, Education, French colonization, French linguistic practice, International status of French, Military conquest, Missionary work and Radiance of French civilisation|
This paper explains the external and internal factors in the survival of the French language, especially in West Africa, where nationalism could have informed an endogenous language policy. Rather, multilingualism privileges French as a vehicle of expression. This essay examines the attitudes of African writers to the use of French and of non-Africans to the use of French by Frenchrnen and Francophone African writers. It highlights the linguistic contributions of Francophone African creative writers in terms of the specific African linguistic modes in their works.
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