National - but unofficial - Languages in Africa: To know them in order to conserver and value them

November 11th, FLUP

 

In the African states, most of their respective Bantu and Pre-Bantu languages, ​​as well as  the different creoles, are characterized by:

- their non-official status;

- their almost exclusive use in verbal communication;

- being little studied, little documented, little preserved and little valued;

In some cases they are even unregistered (as in Mozambique, for example, where there is not a definitive figure for the amount of local languages)

This absence of an explicit language policy towards national languages dates from the colonial period but continued after political independence. It represents now a chronic disinvestment in national languages. The juggernaut of the official language continues unabated reflecting and aggravating social and regional inequalities.

Facing this threat, what should be today the role of the academic community ? To begin with, to make an estimated warning against the real risk of extinction of any of the unofficial African languages, which would mean a full heritage loss. At a time when the loss of biodiversity is beginning to mobilize public opinion, is it not relevant to alert to the loss of such an important element of ethno diversity?

It is for this urgent tasks that CEAUP invites the presentation and debate of communications.

We also hope that this colloquium will become the starting point for a debate group and eventually for a collective publication on the issue of Language policies and unofficial languages ​​in Africa.

 

COLLOQUIUM ORGANIZATION AND CALENDARS

Call for communications – from 6 July to 18 September

Validation and notification of acceptance of proposals - up to 30 September 2022

 

Instructions for submitting proposals

  • Proposals must be written in Portuguese, French and English.
  • Please send it to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Proposals must include a title, identification of the author and respective institutional/professional affiliation and an abstract with a maximum of 300 words.

 

Colloquium registration:

  • No associated costs

 

Organizing committee

Carla Delgado

Helena Furtado

Maciel Santos

Jorge Teixeira

Renata Moreira

 

Scientific Board:

Carlos Manuel (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane)

Crisófia Langa da Câmara (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane)

David Langa (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane)

Ezra Chambal Nhampoca (UTAD)

Isabel Galhano (FLUP)

Mbiavanga Fernando (ISCED - Luanda)

Sóstenes Rego (CEAUP)

 

CEAUP Contacts:

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Tel: +351 22 607 71 41

 

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R&D Supported by

R&D Unit integrated in the project number UIDB/00495/2020 and UIDP/00495/2020.

 

Contacts

Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto
Via panorâmica, s/n
4150-564 Porto
Portugal

+351 22 607 71 41
ceaup@letras.up.pt