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Membering the Rhodesian Linguistic Agenda in Zimbabwe, Isaac Mhute

"Membering the Rhodesian Linguistic Agenda in Zimbabwe reports on a study carried out in Zimbabwe to ascertain the degree and effect of honouring the colonial linguistic agenda. The book employs an interpretivist philosophy and qualitative research approach that relies on participatory observations, interviewing purposively sampled informants and focus group discussions involving snowball sampled graduates. It was inspired by the Critical Language Policy Theory that considers language choice a critical determinant factor in how communities are administered politically, economically, socioculturally, and educationally. It establishes that whereas linguistic imperialism meant to serve as the lifeblood for the Southern Rhodesian colonial machine, the former coloniser ensured coloniality in Zimbabwe through presenting English language as a sacred media in political, economic, sociocultural, and educational settings forever. The study establishes that the only way Zimbabwe and other such post colonies could find redemption is by eradicating the sacredness of former colonisers' languages through adding value to all their languages and the indigenous knowledge systems associated with them. It also demonstrates that the bigger the delay, the more is irretrievably lost together with custodians of the languages. This book will be informative for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in linguistics, communication, sociology, anthropology, and history. It may also serve well as a resource to government researchers, politicians, and other policymakers"--, Provided by publisher
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (110 pages)
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