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Language and Development: Africa and Beyond

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This publication constitutes the edited proceedings of the 7th International Language and Development Conference.

The conference was held in Addis Ababa, in October 2005 and it was hosted jointly by the Ministry of Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and by the British Council Ethiopia.

In total 31 papers were presented during the conference; 26 of these were later written up and submitted for possible inclusion in this volume. From this number, fourteen have been selected to provide a representative cross-section of the issues which were explored during the conference and have been organised around three key strands:

  • Multilingualism and questioning the role of English
  • Language in critical and post-conflict contexts
  • Language and development projects and their design

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