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'There are no Whites in Africa' [article] :territoriality, language and identity among Francophone Africans in Cape Town / Cecile B. Vigoroux.

By: Vigouroux, Cecile B.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSubject(s): Multilingualism | Sociolinguistics -- South Africa | Human territoriality | Africa, French-speaking In: Language and communication : an interdisciplinary journal Vol. 25, Issue 3, (July 2005), p. 237-255Abstract: In this paper, I disscuss identity display among Francophone Black Africans in Cape Town. In focus on language practice and attitudes, both approached in relation to space, which is conceived of multidimensionally. I argue that the physical environment, symbolic meaning, and social practice are interrelated in shaping, together and separately, language practice and attitudes. I propose an interactional and dynamic model of analysis based on territoriality which helps us understand the relationship between space and language, and the way speakers give meaning to and approprate their multilayered space.
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In this paper, I disscuss identity display among Francophone Black Africans in Cape Town. In focus on language practice and attitudes, both approached in relation to space, which is conceived of multidimensionally. I argue that the physical environment, symbolic meaning, and social practice are interrelated in shaping, together and separately, language practice and attitudes. I propose an interactional and dynamic model of analysis based on territoriality which helps us understand the relationship between space and language, and the way speakers give meaning to and approprate their multilayered space.

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