Introduction: What Can Linguistics and Language(s) Contribute to Development Practices?

Felix K. Ameka, Deborah Hill

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Language use and language choice play a crucial role in achieving development goals and in development work. This chapter calls for a deeper understanding of the role of languages, and language analysis in development. It explains ways in which linguistics, through the processes of fieldwork, and conceptual analysis of key terms, can contribute to better understanding of concepts that travel from global organisations such as the World Bank to communities throughout the world. The chapter discusses language as a resource in human development, linguistics and development communication, and language as one of the factors in the pillars of education, economy, governance and health. The chapter provides an overview and introduction to this interdisciplinary volume, arguing for the inclusion of linguistics in development studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguages, Linguistics and Development Practices
EditorsDeborah Hill, Felix K. Ameka
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783030935221
ISBN (Print)9783030935214
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022


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