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Volume 2018, Issue 252


Language and ethnic statistics in twentieth century Sudanese censuses and surveys

Catherine Miller
Published Online: 2018-06-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2018-0017


The article investigates the creation of language statistics in the Sudan, from the beginning of the twentieth century up to the division of the country into two states. Like many other African countries, Sudan is characterized by a high degree of ethnic and linguistic diversity that has participated in the fueling of murderous civil wars since independence. The article recontextualizes the construction of the ethno-linguistic categories and statistics within their broader political and administrative contexts. It analyzes the objectives and output of each type of statistics and questions their influence on the foreign and native representations of Sudanese society.

Keywords: sudan; ethno-linguistic categories; statistics; national census; colonial and post linguistics


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Citation Information: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Volume 2018, Issue 252, Pages 125–152, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2018-0017.

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