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Language Maintenance and Shift among Kenyan University Students
Martha Michieka
164-170 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This article explores language attitudes and language use patterns among Kenyan youths. Based on the findings from the study, the author argues that there is a likely language shift taking place among Kenyan youths. In the past, trilingualism has been a norm, and most Kenyan elites were assumed to know English, Kiswahili, and at least one ethnic language. The ethnic language has always dominated the home domain. The current study shows that this trend is changing and the indigenous languages no longer dominate the home domain. The article outlines some of the factors that seem to account for such changing trends in language use.

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Selected Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages in Contact
edited by Bruce Connell and Nicholas Rolle
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