Language diversity and the construction of common identity in postcolonial context: The example of the Upper Guinea Coast of West Africa

Research report (imported) 2013 - Max Planck Institut für ethnologische Forschung

Knörr, Jacqueline
Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle (Saale)
Depending on their social and political contextualization and status in a given society, languages may function as means of inclusion and exclusion, as ways of (re-)constructing and reconciling collective identities and as strategies to display and transcend group boundaries. Where postcolonial societies are concerned, former colonial policies (also) with regard to language ideologies continue to influence the relationship between language and identity.

For the full text, see the German version.

Zur Redakteursansicht