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The Effects of Politics & Imperialism on Language

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What is a creole language?

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1. What was the ultimate goal of forcing a colonial people to speak an imperial language?

2. Many imperialists forced colonized people to conduct their education in the imperial language. Why was this an efficient way to keep some people out of political power?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With these study materials, you can quiz yourself on the effects of politics and imperialism on language. Main points include a definition of a creole language and the goal of forcing a colonial people to speak an imperial language.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following topics will be covered on the quiz:

  • Education in an imperial language and the way it kept certain people out of political power
  • Importance of recognizing a language as an official language of the state
  • Dominant language that's considered imperialistic due to international markets

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the main goal of forcing a colonized people to speak an imperial language and the significance of recognizing a language as an official language of the state
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define a creole language
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the way education in an imperial language kept groups of people out of political power

Additional Learning

More information on the politics of language is explored in the lesson named The Effects of Politics & Imperialism on Language. These areas will be studied:

  • Language as a weapon of imperialism
  • Issues of language that remained once colonies became independent
  • National identities of postcolonial societies
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