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A sociolinguistic profile of The Gambia
Juffermans, Kasper; McGlynn, Caroline
2009In Sociolinguistic Studies, 3 (3), p. 329-355
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Keywords :
The Gambia; West Africa; Mandinka; Wolof; Indigenous languages; English
Abstract :
[en] This paper outlines the sociolinguistic situation in the smallest country of mainland Africa, The Gambia. Very little has been published about the languages and sociolinguistic situation in The Gambia and it was upon discovering this dearth of reliable published sources that led the authors to pool knowledge garnered during independent doctoral research. In this paper we have coupled language shift with a detailed description of the dynamic sociolinguistic profile of The Gambia and trust that it contributes to an understanding of changing ecologies of language in West Africa. Following a portrayal of the indigenous and exogenous languages of The Gambia, with attention to hybrid, overlapping and shifting ethnolinguistic identities, the role of language in several social institutions in a changing society is identified and discussed. The paper culminates in a discussion of linguistic and cultural diversity and appeals for more research in this sociolinguistically unexposed country.
Disciplines :
Languages & linguistics
Author, co-author :
Juffermans, Kasper ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Languages, Culture, Media and Identities (LCMI)
McGlynn, Caroline
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Title :
A sociolinguistic profile of The Gambia
Publication date :
December 2009
Journal title :
Sociolinguistic Studies
Publisher :
Universidad de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Special issue title :
Language shift in West Africa
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