Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy
Language, culture, science, technology and philosophy
Journal on African philosophy
Date of Publication
Author examined arguments by some scholars who have held very derogatory and even pernicious opinions concerning African languages and their suitability for critical, scientific, technological, mathematical, educational, philosophical discourse. He showed that such views lack serious empirical, logical or intuitive foundation and have adduced historical, factual, logical, epistemic, metaphysical and scientific evidence to exhibit the unacceptability of such hasty, puerile and unwarranted conclusions about the nature of African languages. In the final analysis, the debate has been thrown open to language experts to seek out and develop, beyond the level of ignorance, to show that as a human tool, all living languages are dynamic enough to accommodate and express new phenomena. If African predecessors were not bemuted by confrontation with novel phenomena, one should not be cowed into submission in this century to unwarranted silence where-by one can express one’s perceptions, thoughts, feelings, ideas, etc.....