Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Network

9 November 2009, 14:30 - 16:30

CRASSH 17 Mill Lane

A Critical Commentary on the Discourse of Language Rights in the Naivasha Language Policy in Sudan Using Habitus as a Method

Dr Ashraf Abdelhay, University of Cambridge



Dr Ashraf Abdelhay holds a BA (Honours) in Linguistics from the University of Khartoum, an MSc and PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. His research interests lie in the area of language planning and policy, focusing on the links between language, ideology and power relations. His current research involves a critical analysis of the relationship between language policy discourses and social identity in the Sudan with an emphasis on the 'politics of linguistic indigeneity', 'discourses of language endangerment' and 'regimes of language rights'.




Suggested optional reading:


Thompson, John. (1991) Editor’s Introduction. In Bourdieu, P. Language and Symbolic Power.  Cambridge: Polity Press


Bourdieu, P. and Wacquant, D. (1992) “Language” and “Habitus” in An Invitation to a Reflexive Sociology. Cambridge: Polity Press. Pp. 140 ff and pp. 115 ff.



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