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Literacy Research Centre Seminar

Date: 27 February 2007 Time: 1.00 pm

Language and Literacy Practices related to ICT of students in Dakar, Senegal Kristin Lexander, Lancaster UniversityWhile French is the official and dominant written language in Senegal, the use of the new information and communication technologies (ICT or NICT) has brought with it multilingual literacy practices where African languages play an important role. I will present my ongoing PhD study of these practices, which make use of such texts as text-messages, e-mails and chat conversations. The aim is an understanding of the social functions of the practices and of how they can influence other literacy practices, in particular concerning language choice. Their multilingual nature makes them inclusive, compared to literacy in French, a language only a small part of the population understands. Perhaps these literacy practices may even contribute to a higher status for literacy in African languages.

Venue: Institute for Advanced Studies, Meeting Room 1.

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