Language policy and practice in Kenya: Challenges and prospects

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dc.contributor.author Kioko, Angelina Nduku
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-24T12:07:30Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-24T12:07:30Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-86355-703-3
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/967
dc.description A book chapter by Dr. Angelina Nduku Kioko, Professor of English and Linguistics & Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Quality Assuarance), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, USIU-A. en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction In addition to the two official languages, Kiswahili and English, Kenya has over 60 indigenous languages which interact in predictable ways in the daily lives of Kenyans. These indigenous languages fall into three main language groups of which the Bantu make up 66 per cent, the Nilotes 31 per cent, and the Cushites three per cent. The average educated Kenyan therefore makes use of at least three languages: English, Kiswahili and one of the indigenous languages. This rich linguistic environment has made issues of language choice and language use integral parts of the social, political, economic and educational decisions in the country from as early as the colonial times. The key forces driving the decisions on language choice have been the goal to maintain the rich linguistic diversity and ethnic identity, the desire to vouch for national integration defined differently from colonial identity, and the significance of positioning the nation in the international arena. This paper traces the key landmarks in the development of language policy in Kenya; examines the forces that have continued to influence policy and practice; and explores the achievements of the Kenyan language policy decisions, and the rich opportunities for growth, particularly in the new dispensation of the 2010 constitutional provisions.
dc.description.sponsorship The British Council en_US
dc.publisher British Council en_US
dc.subject Language Policy en_US
dc.subject Practice In Kenya en_US
dc.subject Challenges and Prospects en_US
dc.title Language policy and practice in Kenya: Challenges and prospects en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US

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