Language management in Africa: The dialectics of theory and practice

  • Munene Mwaniki


From an Africanist standpoint, the paper maps the frontiers of the emerging language management paradigm in the study and practice of politics of language from the perspectives of theory, method, discipline, and practice. The discussion advances two core arguments. First, an Africanist interpretation of the discourse of the politics of language that underpins language management brings to the fore the peculiarities of language management within the African space. Second, it is imperative to develop the theoretical and practical advances in language management concurrently, especially in a continent that is known to rely on intellectual advances from other continents.

Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 2011, 29(3): 243–257

Author Biography

Munene Mwaniki
Department of Language Management and Language Practice, Faculty of the Humanities, University of the Free State, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1727-9461
print ISSN: 1607-3614