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Title:Some thoughts on the roll of languages in African studies
Author:Kirk-Greene, A.H.M.ISNI
Periodical:Kano Studies
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:language instruction
African languages
Abstract:After indicating the importance of learning African languages in general the author puts forward arguments demonstrating the 'tool' or 'service' aspect of African languages for historians, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists. Through an examination of the African Studies programmes existing in the United States, the United Kingdom and African Universities he examines what these programmes can offer to the desiderata of African research. In conclusion he indicates what he does advocate for African languages in African Studies programmes: a) compulsory minor courses in phonetics with an African bias; typology and classification theories of African languages; 'oiling the social wheels' conversation course in a selected language; b) optional major course in a selected African language; c) 'sociolinguistic' course for the area of specialisation, related to the focus of the student's major subject(s).