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Politically correct decolonization ideology?

External Breather: Against Decolonisation. Taking African Agency Seriously

MODERNIZATION: The Nigerian professor Olùfèmi Táíwò looks at power relations between the formerly colonized and colonialists. All states strive to adapt modern institutions to their own history, cultural context and ideological climate. But can the demand to decolonize the language become absurd?

Linguistic dishes

Kubra Gumusay: Language and being

LANGUAGE AND GENDER: Kübra Gümüşay takes a slightly different linguistic approach in Sprache und Sein, where she advocates a new way of perceiving language.

"The Sami language is drowning"

SAMI: It is not only the Bergen International Literature Festival that is celebrated on 6 February. The day is also the Sami national day: sámi álbmotbeaivi. "Social structures make the Sami language drown", says author Sigbjørn Skåden, who participates in LitFestBergen

Dead and living metaphors

Kristin Fridtun: The language is a trouser. About car use in Norwegian language debate

LANGUAGE DEBATE: How can the metaphor be tested against factual knowledge?

The crimes of others

Alastair Cole: Colors of the Alphabet

: Only two percent of Zambia's population speaks English, but it is still the official language of instruction in schools. Colors of the Alphabet explores how this practice silences people.

Were we unimaginative and pretentious?

Terje Holtet Larsen: Attempt to move at the speed of darkness

: All the short stories remind me, in their own way, that we are all going to die. Holtet Larsen's language is a cultivated language, an advanced language, is language for the sake of language.