Towards assessing the space of English in Uganda’s linguistic ecology

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This chapter analyses the present-day language situation in Uganda with theaim of providing a description of the diversity of Uganda’s languages, and thespace of English therein. It examines the degrees of development and vitality,as expressed through speaker numbers and the availability of orthographies,and the geographical and social spaces occupied by the individual languages.Against this background, the chapter discusses how this correlates with thelanguages’ functions and statuses in present-day Uganda. It demonstrates thatwhilst English is the de facto sole official language, various indigenous languages,most prominently Luganda and Kiswahili, occupy increasingly stablepositions in several domains.


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