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Title: MONOLINGUALISM VIA MULTILINGUALISM: A CASE STUDY OF LANGUAGE USE IN THE WEST UGANDAN TOWN OF HOIMA
Authors: KAJI, Shigeki
Keywords: Lingua franca
Multilingualism
Hoima
Nyoro
Uganda
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African Study Monographs
Volume: 34
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 25
Abstract: Multilingualism is one of the most salient features of language use in Africa and, at first sight, Uganda appears to be just one example of this practice. However, as Uganda has no lingua franca that is widely used by its entire population, questions about how people cope with multilingualism arise. Answers to such questions can be found in the fact that people are able to create a monolingual state in a given area because everyone is multilingual. That is, people speak their own language in their own domain and speak other peoples' languages when they go to the latter's domains. This conclusion emerged from interviews conducted with 100 inhabitants of Hoima city in western Uganda, an area primarily inhabited by the Nyoro people. The linguistic situation in Hoima provides a valuable case study of what can happen in the absence of a fully developed lingua franca and can contribute to broader discussions of language use in Africa.
DOI: 10.14989/173534
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2433/173534
Appears in Collections:Vol.34 No.1

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