A network of tongues: African languages, multilingualism and global communication

  • Abiodun Salawu


Some scholars have noted that globalization portends ‘a global common language’ that offers unprecedented possibilities for mutual understanding and thus enables us to find fresh opportunities for international co-operation. Yet, others have argued in favour of multilingualism, described as an alternative, fundamental principle to the concept of ‘shared global village’. Proponents of multilingualism contend that it presents us with different perspectives and insights and thus enables us to reach a more profound understanding of the nature of the human mind. This article asserts that for various peoples of the world to be capable of full expression of their beings and their essence, there must be room for a network of tongues.

S.Afr.J.Afr.Lang., 2010, 1

Author Biography

Abiodun Salawu
Department of Communication, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2305-1159
print ISSN: 0257-2117