Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Language and Democracy

Niger-Congo languagesOver at Restorus, Mark Tully gives an example of what can happen to a language when democracy rules. The example is Mandekan.


Mark Tully said...

Thank you for the mention! This is the second one in about a week; I'm quite flattered you find my articles interesting.

Really, as I'm sure your project attests to, one of the main problems with promoting self-determination (and this really is the result of overt promotion - first from the French, now from other sources) is that it becomes very difficult to determine which groups should actually be allowed to determine their destinies. In Senegal, the choice is pushing other groups out. It's quite sad.

J.K. Baltzersen said...

You're most welcome, sir. Thank you for your writing. And thanks for having WRU on your feed.

Language is important in Africa. My own African country of upbringing, Kenya, has about 43 of them.