Show simple item record Kamwendo, G.H. Mooko, T. 2011-06-08T12:14:25Z 2011-06-08T12:14:25Z 2006-11
dc.identifier.citation Kamwendo, G.H. & Mooko, T. (2006) Language planning in Botswana and Malawi: a comparative study, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Vol. 182, pp. 117-133 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0165–2516
dc.description.abstract The article discusses language planning in two Southern African countries, Botswana and Malawi. Both countries are multilingual and multicultural. They also share a common British colonial history. At independence, the two countries retained English as the official language. In Botswana, Setswana was made the national language while in Malawi, it was Chichewa. Over the years, these languages have been developed and promoted at the expense of other indigenous languages, a situation that has prompted linguistic minorities to engage in the language-based politics of recognition. The article discusses how Botswana and Malawi are responding to the call for the official recognition of more indigenous languages in domains such as government, education, and mass media. Relevant comparisons and contrasts between Botswana and Malawi are drawn in this regard in the article. One clear common denominator is the dominance of English in official domains in the two countries. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Walter de Gruyter, en_US
dc.subject Language planning en_US
dc.subject Indigenous languages en_US
dc.subject Botswana en_US
dc.subject Malawi en_US
dc.title Language planning in Botswana and Malawi: a comparative study en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US en_US

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