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Title:The development of a language policy in German East Africa
Author:Brumfit, Anne
Periodical:Journal of the Language Association of Eastern Africa
Geographic terms:German East Africa
language policy
Abstract:Extract from a paper to be published as part of the report of the Survey of Language Use and Language Teaching in Tanzania, Vol. 2. The history of language choice in German East Africa is the history of a long tug-of-war between the Berlin authorities - pressing hard for German - on one side, and certain of the evangelical missions - advocating the separate vernaculars - on the other. This extract touches upon attitudes and policies in Berlin. As it turned out, these have rather little direct impact in East Africa. Dar es Salaam advocated a 'Swahili' policy. Among all the German colonies East Africa was unique in its use of a non-European language. The local situation in East Africa meant that the rather rigid metropolitan policies of the time could be - indeed had to be - modified and adapted in a way that was not called for elsewhere. Notes, table.