Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

Educational Studies

Sub-Department

Language & Literacy

First Advisor

Jeanne Garane

Abstract

In today's globalization, French has experienced unprecedented circumstances with the rise of English, Kiswahili, and the re-birth of national languages in French speaking countries. While French is no longer used as the main official medium of instruction in countries such as Rwanda, multilingualism has favored English speaking neighbors to make progress into the Francophone region. This leads us to inquire how such an extensive use of French in East Africa for over a century could be silenced by the presence of other languages in less than a decade. The question of political intersections within language choices will bring us to reflect on how the framework of colonial dynamics promoting French has re-defined French influence in post-colonial African settings.

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