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Formal and Informal Development of the Swahili Language: Focus on Tanzania
Karsten Legère
176-184 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper summarizes the institutional (formal) development of the Swahili language in Tanzania. The contributions by the National Swahili Council (BAKITA) and the Institute of Swahili Research of the University of Dar es Salaam (TUKI) are sketched and commented upon. The author focuses on lexical elaboration and specifically terminology development which takes spontaneously (informally) place at the grassroots level. Particular emphasis is put on the emergence of ICT terms and their wide use.

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Selected Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Shifting the Center of Africanism in Language Politics and Economic Globalization
edited by Olaoba F. Arasanyin and Michael A. Pemberton
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