Research report 2013 - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Language diversity and the construction of common identity in postcolonial context: The example of the Upper Guinea Coast of West Africa
Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle (Saale)
SummaryDepending on their social and political contextualization and status in a given society, languages may function as means of inclusion and exclusion, as ways of (re-)constructing and reconciling collective identities and as strategies to display and transcend group boundaries. Where postcolonial societies are concerned, former colonial policies (also) with regard to language ideologies continue to influence the relationship between language and identity.