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The status and use of African languages in Sudan

Participant Helene Fatima Idris

The purpose of this doctoral dissertation is to describe the status and use of African languages (minority languages in numerical and functional terms) versus Arabic (the only official language). The study is based on data collected in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur State, and in Greater Khartoum, the national capital of Sudan.

The sociolinguistic description will include issues like the role of the languages in the society (in education, economy, media, labour market, politics and cultural, social and religious activities) and different domains of language use. Language attitudes and reasons for language loyalty, maintenance and shift to Arabic will also be discussed.

The dissertation will also include research on the impact of Arabic as the only official language, as a second language and as a lingua franca, the Sudanese language policy and educational system.
The relation between language and ethnic/cultural identity is an interesting and, in the Sudanese context, a very relevant and burning question. This issue will also be included in this research work.

Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be used, for example a survey of language use through questionnaires as well as interviews and participatory observation.

Kontaktinformation

Afrikanska språk

Institutionen för språk och litteraturer, Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Besöksadress:
Renströmsgatan 6

Sidansvarig: Annika Andersson|Sidan uppdaterades: 2010-09-27
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