Grassroots Initiatives for the Intellectualisation of the Minority Languages of Zimbabwe: Challenges and Prospects

By Nicholus Nyika.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The government of Zimbabwe has promoted a language policy that has promoted English as the official language of the state. Shona and Ndebele, the two dominant endoglossic languages have been accorded the status of national languages. Several other endoglossic languages have been designated minority languages without any role or status in the official domains. This paper discusses the initiatives undertaken by the Zimbabwean minority language groups in order to develop and promote their languages for use in the secondary domains such as Education and the media.

Keywords: Language Policy, Language Rights, Minority Languages

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp.223-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 553.933KB).

Dr. Nicholus Nyika

Student, Applied English Language Studies School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

I am a PhD student in Applied English Language Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. I am a male aged 37. The topic for my doctoral thesis is “ A case study of civil society organisations’ initiatives for the development and promotion of linguistic human reights in Zimbabwe”

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