Language policy and process of nation-building in Ethiopia

Ivan Lukáš

Abstract:

The purpose of this article is to examine the influence of the official language policy of the current Ethiopian regime on nation-formation and unification in Ethiopia. We will not only ask if this policy has achieved its objective of building a united, modern Ethiopian nation, but will examine whether there actually is a functional relationship between these two variables. In other words we will ask if the current state of nation-building in Ethiopia can be directly attributed to the official language policy of the country or whether what we observe is only a pattern of disconnected correlations.

Keywords:

Language policy, nation-building, Ethiopia

This article is supported by research project of IPS, FSV, UK: MSM 0021620841- Development of the Czech Society in the EU: Challenges and Risks.

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