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Language and Identity in Africa

  1. Sinfree Makoni,
  2. Busi Makoni

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0600

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Makoni, S. and Makoni, B. 2012. Language and Identity in Africa. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


A central theme in discussions about language and identity is homogeneity and dissimilarity based on categories such as language, ethnicity, nationalism, and, to some extent, religion, all of which are highly contestable in their own right.


  • analysis of interaction;
  • Central Africa;
  • cultural identity;
  • discourse and identity;
  • Eastern Africa;
  • language and identity;
  • multilingualism and identity;
  • Northern Africa;
  • Southern Africa;
  • Western Africa;
  • identity