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Languages and language use in Mozambique

Participants Erland Gadelii, Tore Janson, Malin Petzell, Christopher Stroud (Stockholm)

Language reform in Africa is a vital precondition for economic, social and democratic development. Research on the organization and interaction of languages must be accorded a more prominent role than hitherto has been the case. In Mozambique, where more than 15 languages are spoken by sizable groups, it is necessary to study how multilingual networks may be harnessed in the service of development, and to bolster indigenous languages to serve the multiple functions required of them. Thus the present project focuses on these matters, and aims to

  • survey patterns of multilingualism
  • describe central aspects of morphosyntax and lexicon in some of the languages
  • elucidate the relationships between the languages
  • relate multilingual practices and moments of language contact to instances of linguistic change
     

Methods employed include microethnographic studies of language practices and multilingual networks, formal elicitation and recording of language materials, cartographic and statistical representation of multilingual patterns and correlations of linguistic analyses with sociodemographic data.

Practically, this research generates information of relevance to planning of vernacular language programmes, to the use of language in society and to the production of language materials. Theoretically, the project clarifies the relationships between Mozambican languages and provides a model for how societal change impacts upon language change.

Publications, papers and reports

Gadelii, Karl Erland. 1998. Moçambiques språkliga kalejdoskop [The linguistic kaleidoscope of Mozambique]. In: Humanistdagboken, vol 11, pp 161-170. Göteborg: Humanistiska fakultetsnämnden.

Gadelii, Karl Erland. 1998. A sketch of Xitshwa grammar. Project report. Department of Oriental and African languages, Göteborg University. Pp 48.

Gadelii, Karl Erland. 1999. Comparação entre variedades de língua emákhuwa faladas no província de Nampula, Moçambique. Relatório de pesquisa. Departamento de Línguas Orientais e Africanas, Universidade de Gotemburgo. Pp 40.

Gadelii, Karl Erland. 2000. Pourquoi les chomskiens ne s'intéressent-ils pas aux langues bantu? Actes du Troisième Congrès Mondial de linguistique africaine, Lomé, Togo, 21-26 août 2000.

Gadelii, Karl Erland. 2000. La situation linguistique - Maputo, Mozambique. Communication donnée au Colloque International sur les Villes Plurilingues, Libreville, Gabon, 24-30 septembre 2000.

Gadelii, Karl Erland. 2000. Språkplanering i Moçambique (Language planning in Mozambique). Paper given at the 20 Meeting of ASLA (Asssociation Suédoise de Linguistique Appliquée, Göteborg 9-11 November 2000.

Gadelii, Karl Erland. 2001. Languages in Mozambique. In: Africa & Asia (Göteborg working papers on Asian and African languages and literatures), no 1, pp 6-12.

Gadelii, Karl Erland. 2002. Pronominal syntax in Maputo Portuguese. In: Contributions in honour of Prof. Tore Janson, on the occasion of his retirement, February 2001 (Africa & Asia: Göteborg working papers on Asian and African languages and literatures, no 2), pp 27-41. Edited by Jouni Filip Maho. Dept of Oriental and African Languages, Göteborg University.

Gadelii, Karl Erland. 2001. Languages and language use in Mozambique. Unpublished report. Department of Oriental and African Languages, Göteborg University.

Janson, Tore. 1999. Prenasalised voiced aspirated stops in Changana/Tsonga. In: Proceedings Fonetik 99 - The Swedish Phonetics Conference (Gothenburg papers in theoretical linguistics, no 81), pp 89-92. Department of Linguistics, Göteborg University.

Janson, Tore. 2001. Consonants in Changana/Tsonga. In: South African journal of African languages, 21 (1), pp 16-32.

Janson, Tore. 2004. Languages and language names in Mozambique, 150 years ago and now. In: Globalisation and African languages: risks and benefits, pp 297-311. Edited by Katrin Bromber & Birgit Smieja. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Maho, Jouni Filip. 2003. Towards a bibliography of Mozambican languages, part 1: the smaller languages. In: Africa & Asia: Göteborg working papers on Asian and African languages and literatures, no 3, pp 147-154.

Petzell, Malin. 2000. Kimwani. Project report. Department of Oriental and African languages, Göteborg University. Pp 28.

Petzell, Malin. 2002. A sketch of Kimwani, a minority language of Mozambique. In: Contributions in honour of Prof. Tore Janson, on the occasion of his retirement, February 2001 (Africa & Asia: Göteborg working papers on Asian and African languages and literatures, no 2), pp 88-110. Edited by Jouni Filip Maho. Dept of Oriental and African Languages, Göteborg University.

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