Sociolinguistic Studies, Vol 3, No 3 (2009)

The sociolinguistics of colonisation: a perspective of language shift

Tope Omoniyi
Issued Date: 2 Jun 2010


In this chapter I want to propose an alternative paradigm for understanding the dynamics of multilingualism, language competition and politics in the complex sociolinguistic terrain of sub-Saharan Africa. Particularly for the purpose of explaining language shift, it is important to note that African states had fought wars of expansion and taken vassal states in a ‘colonial’ era before European colonialists arrived in the region.

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DOI: 10.1558/sols.v3i3.307


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