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Functional Seclusion and the Future of Indigenous Languages in Africa: The Case of Cameroon

Author: Eric A. Anchimbe
Organisation: Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Publish Date: 2006
Country: Africa
Sector: Globalisation
Method: Foresight
Theme: Policy
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: African languages, Globalisation, Indigenous languages, Bilingualism, Colonialism, Linguistic cultural baggage

This paper reviews the language policy of Cameroon, outlining the various unfavourable decisions it has taken towards the indigenous languages (completely stopping education in these languages in 1965, confiscating indigenous language teaching material, for instance, in Dschang in 1966 -- which Momo (1997:13) describes as "an act of vandalism in a period when the government did not take account of cultural treasure," and so forth) and proposing integrative and functional motivations for the acquisition of these languages in Cameroon. These motivations range from obligatory public examinations in regional indigenous languages, dedicating areas of national life to indigenous languages just as French is the language of the military, to implementing language policies that grant these languages some functions: in local administrations, in church and so forth. In this way a future may be guaranteed for these languages.
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