Centrality of Language in Development: A Case of Zimbabwe

Isaac Mhute, Maxwell Constantine Chando Musingafi


This paper examines the relationship between use of indigenous language and development. It is based on qualitative research employing unstructured interviews and observations data collection techniques. The paper argues for the placement of language at the centre of African states’ efforts towards becoming developed. Language is hereby understood to be the method of human communication consisting of the use of words or symbols in a structured and conventional way. Every language mirrors a culture. Culture is the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. It is the sum total of a community’s ways through which it combats all the challenges that it faces in the world. Language and culture are often referred to as inseparable since every language carries a culture. Language, therefore, carries tradition which in turn refers to the transmission of customs and beliefs from generation to generation. Placing language at the foundation of every developmental endeavor would, therefore, means the upholding of the traditional wisdom and thus ensuring development that is original, properly situated and with very relevant fruits for the community in question.

Keywords: Language, Development, Developed countries, Developing countries

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