Kiswahili Sociolinguistics

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Course Code: 
KSA 2211
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
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Course Description & Objectives: 

This course extends and complements KSA 2109.  It is thus an advanced study of the interaction between language and society.  This interaction is manifested in a variety of ways captured mainly in the sociolinguistic concepts of bilingualism and multilingualism and related issues such as code-switching diglossia, biculturalism, standardization, official vs. national language and many others.  The course considers these issues in the context of the role of Kiswahili in the East African Community most of whose member countries are multilingual.  In doing so, the focus will be on Kiswahili language profiles in the East African Community.  The role of Kiswahili as a lingua franca for the East African Community will be considered

Learning Outcomes: 

 (i) The nature of multilingual societies                                                           (ii) The status of Kiswahili in East African multilingual societies                                         (iii) The problems of multilingual societies and a fair knowledge of the possible approaches to                                                     

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