TITLE

Language, Identity, and Social Construction in African Literatures

AUTHOR(S)
Owomoyela, Oyekan
PUB. DATE
March 1992
SOURCE
Research in African Literatures;Spring1992, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p83
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
The article emphasizes on language, identity, and social construction in African literatures. The idea that people identify more with those who share their language and speech habits, than with those who share their culture, has significant implications for contemporary Africa. If this proposition is true, the African elite who use European languages, identify more closely with Europeans, than with Africans who do not use these languages. Since European languages are an index of the domination of Africans by Europeans, Africans need to be aware of the fact that linguistically dominated groups who regularly adopt the language of the dominant groups, experience a degradation of their subordinate group identity.
ACCESSION #
15515817

 

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