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Title: East Africa as a Literary and Linguistic Contact Zone - Some First Reflections on it as from the Southern Pacific
Contributor(s): Smith, Robert James (author); Ryan, John S  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: The overall East African literary landscape is dominated by oral literature, and the two cited languages, English and Swahili, must stand out. Today their most dynamic contact zones are located in Kenya and Tanzania. Swahili studies and Anglophone African literary studies have long dominated the formal study of literature in East Africa, and are now extending into two new contact languages, Sheng and Engsh, and the literature emerging from these language masses. Prominent features are code-switching, issues of translation, and the mix of narrative and public health knowledge on the topic of HIV/AIDS. This article surveys these issues, with one eye to the South Pacific parallel, and amongst the cultural lament finds much wry humour expressed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Folklore (30), p. 71-79
Publisher: Australian Folklore Association
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0819-0852
Field of Research (FOR): 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
200204 Cultural Theory
200211 Postcolonial Studies
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950103 Recreation
950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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