n French Studies in Southern Africa - Le Botswana et les relations qui existent entre ses langues depuis l'Indépendance

Volume 2004, Issue 33
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



The socio-linguistic situation of Botswana is characterized by a double diglossia. The first level opposes Setswana to the other indigenous languages, and the second is due to the growing importance of English. The latter is an official language, while the former is the national language of the country, meant to entrench a national and cultural identity. However, one consequence has been the erosion of the other indigenous languages. The effects on local populations and on education are examined.

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