Accession Number : ADA319821

Title :   Language and Power: Africans, Europeans, and Language Policy In German Colonial Tanganyika.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Moyd, Michelle R.

PDF Url : ADA319821

Report Date : 09 JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 138

Abstract : This thesis examines the complexity of German colonial language policy in Tanganyika from the imposition of German colonial rule in 1890 until the Maji Maji Rebellion in 1905. German colonial language policy was fraught with internal contradictions, which were reflective of the conflicting interests of the various groups involved in colonialism in Tanganyika. These included European colonialists and missionaries, German government officials in Germany, and of course, Tanganyikans. By using discursive method in reading German colonial documents, other European primary sources, secondary sources, and African narratives, I have reconstructed a history of Kiswahili usage in Tanganyika both before and during colonialism. Particular emphasis has been placed on understanding the diversity of African responses to the language situation in Tanganyika, especially with regard to German language policy. My study also emphasizes the many different ways in which Kiswahili was used by Europeans and Africans alike. The thesis concludes by suggesting that Kiswahili was especially useful as the medium of the "organic intellectuals" of Tanganyika, who were the mediators between the colonial miers and the African subjects. The major contribution of this thesis is that it explains German colonial language policy and its internal contradictions while also showing the agency of Africans within the colonial context.

Descriptors :   *POLICIES, *CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY), *HISTORY, *GERMANY, *LANGUAGE, *AFRICA, SOURCES, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), SOCIETIES, THESES, RESPONSE, EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History
      Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE