Languages of the African Union

Languages of the African Union

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The languages of the African Union are languages used by citizens within the member states of the AU. The Union has defined all languages of Africa as official, and currently uses Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Swahili and Spanish. The prominence of Arabic in many African countries is due to the Arab expansion into Africa from the 7th century, with subsequent Arabization of local African populations. Indo-European languages were introduced during the period of European colonialism in the continent. In 2001, the AU created the African Academy of Languages to harmonize the various languages across the continent and safeguard any that are on the verge of becoming extinct. To that end, the AU declared 2006 the Year of African Languages.show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 177g
  • Duct Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135971034
  • 9786135971033