European Journal of Language Policy

The colonial legacy of French and subsequent postcolonial policy

European Journal of Language Policy (2013), 5, (2), 187–224.

Abstract

This article examines the legacy of French in the Francophone world. It traces the emergence of the French language in the ninth century and its extension in western Europe until the colonial period, when the language became established as dominant throughout the French Empire. It examines the role of French in postcolonial societies to the present day, examining the political, social and scientific factors that have supported its use, especially in North Africa. It discusses the relations between French, Arabic and local languages in enabling communication and expressing identities. It examines some aspects of language in the dialogue between cultures and identifies some issues that are posed for the teaching of French language outside France.

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