SOAS University of London

Inaugural Lecture of Professor Friederike Lüpke: Language Diversity, African Style

Friederike Lüpke
Professor Friederike Lüpke

Date: 11 February 2015Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 11 February 2015Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Inaugural Lecture

Africa is one of the hotspots of linguistic diversity. Yet, very little is known about the interplay of its many languages at the level of the individual and of society. This lecture will explore this interplay of multilingualism in West Africa, and reflect on how this helps us to understand linguistic diversity in the wider world. The lecture presents the layered patterns of African multilingualism, focussing on the interaction of spoken and written registers, languages of wider communication and locally confined languages, and multilingual practices and essentialist ideologies.


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Prof Friederike Lüpke Inaugural Lecture: Language Diversity, African Style



Friederike Lüpke is Professor of Language Documentation and Description at SOAS, University of London. She is currently leading a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award Project project on multilingualism in rural Senegal. Together with Anne Storch, she is the author of the monograph "Repertoires and choices in African languages", which appeared 2013 with de Gruyter Mouton.

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