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Language and Colonial Power

The Appropriation of Swahili in the Former Belgian Congo 1880-1938

Language and Colonial Power by Johannes Fabian
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In this study, inquiry will be directed to the past, and it will, for many reasons, have to reach into a past which is rather remote from present-day Shaba Swahili. The author's principal concern remains with a contemporary situation, namely the role of Swahili in the context of work, industrial, artisanal, and artistic. When it was first formulated, the aim of my project was to describe what might be called the workers' culture of Shaba, through analyses of communicative (sociolinguistic) and cognitive (ethnosemantic) aspects of language use.
University of California Press; August 1991
217 pages; ISBN 9780520911864
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Title: Language and Colonial Power
Author: Johannes Fabian