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Washington University in St. Louis

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Spring 2012

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Senegal: National Identity and the Arts


The purpose of this study was to show the unique multilingual situation in Dakar, which manifests itself most frequently with a mixture of Wolof and French use. By using the neighborhood of Ouakam as an indicator of Dakar as a whole, one can see the immense impact of both Wolof and French in family settings. More importantly, the interaction of Wolof and French in Ouakam households is used as a lens to show the social impact language has on families in Dakar.


African Languages and Societies | Civic and Community Engagement | Family, Life Course, and Society


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