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Language, Capital and Development

23 October 2013 (17:00-18:30)

The Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics and the School of English is pleased to invite you to the following public lecture presented by Professor Tope Omoniyi of the University of Roehampton, London, UK.

About the lecture

This public lecture presents language capital as an alternative theorisation to linguistic capital. It applies to the development and multilingual postcolonial contexts, especially in Africa. It argues that Bourdieu's 'linguistic capital' is more applicable to the analysis of the access that is granted or denied on the basis of possession of one rather than another variety of a language and within that then explore the link between Confucianism, language and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Using demographic statistics made up of human and economic development data from the Human Development Index, the World Bank and the World Development Report, the paper will attempt to show the relationships that exist between language and the economy and how the alternative language capital model may be useful for development analysis in sub-Saharan Africa.

Speaker biography

Professor Tope Omoniyi is the Chair of Sociolinguistics and the Director of the Centre for Research in English Language and Linguistics. He has published in the areas of borderland sociolinguistics, language policies, politics and education, language and identity, language and popular culture especially hip-hop and Nollywood films, and World Englishes. In another life he is a poet with a published volume to his name. His work has also appeared in poetry magazines/journals and anthologies in Singapore, the USA, the UK, South Africa, Norway and Nigeria.