Is it possible to write a scientific paper in an African language?

  • FD Madzimbamuto


Objective: To explore the ability of ChiShona to express the formal categories of reporting scientific information. This would guide and enable authors to write abstracts of their work for formal presentations or as appendices to publication.
Design: Document analysis of selected Medical Journals in English
Setting: Medical Library, College of Health Sciences. University of Zimbabwe.
Results: The vocabulary and terminology to structure a scientific report is available or can be constructed from available vocabulary.
Conclusion: The writing or translating of an original research paper is technically demanding. Other forms of communicating scientific information are more flexible and may be used more readily to develop scientific text in ChiShona, at least in the beginning. This will probably be the case with other African languages.


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eISSN: 0012-835X