A comparative analysis of the sociolinguistic profiles of English in Kenya and Uganda

  • Martha Moraa Michieka East Tennessee State University
  • Hellen Kwamboka Ondari University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB)

Abstract

Abstract

This paper compares the historical and sociolinguistic contexts of English in Kenya and Uganda addressing several questions such as: What are the similarities and differences in the sociolinguistic profiles of English in these two East African countries? How do the roles English plays in Kenya compare to its roles in Uganda? Who are the users of English in Kenya, and how do these compare with the users in Uganda? Although there are several similarities in the sociolinguistic profiles of English in Uganda and Kenya, due to the different historical and political experiences these two countries have had, their sociolinguistic profiles differ in subtle yet significant ways making it necessary for these varieties of English to be described as distinct varieties instead of being viewed as one unified East African variety.

Keywords: Language attitudes; functional allocations; English in Kenya

[1] East Tennessee State University

[2] University of Eastern Africa , Baraton

Author Biographies

Martha Moraa Michieka, East Tennessee State University

Martha Moraa Michieka is an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University. Her research interests include second language teaching, sociolinguistics and World Englishes. Her publications have appeared in the World Englishes Journal, SECOL Journal, TNTESOL journal and in JOLTE

 

 

 

 

Hellen Kwamboka Ondari, University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB)
Hellen Kwamboka Ondari is a lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB). She holds a BA from UEAB and an MPhil.  from Moi University. Her research interests include second language teaching, sociolinguistics and pragmatics. Her publications have appeared in JOLTE.
Published
2017-01-14
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