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University Academic Papers in African languages: an Observation and a follow-up

Mohamed Tafseer Baldi

PhD Researcher, Al-Quaraouiyine University

University of the villagers / Dar Al-Hadith Al-Hassania


University academic writing in African languages is one of topics that have been overlooked by many researchers in African studies, despite its seriousness and direct attachment to the fate of local languages ​​in Africa. Some spoke about it within a narrow scope which did not cover all African languages, while, for example, the American researcher Don Osborn in his blog focused briefly on theses and academic research papers in African languages, without any further elaborations.

There is no doubt that the academic writings significantly contribute to the development of the languages that have been written by, and constitute a reference framework to preserve the linguistic heritage from extinction and to achieve scientific and cognitive goals.

Although the majority of educational institutions in Africa adopted foreign education methods by the languages of their past occupiers, some of them opened up to local languages ​​and allowed academic writings in African languages. A group of African universities recorded academic writings in national languages ​​- as we shall see.

The aim of this research is to examine the academic literature in African languages; to focus on the efforts to support scientific research in African languages; to identify the applied strategies in language planning in academic field in sub-Saharan Africa; and to explain the role of educational institutions in the language policies in Africa.