An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Indigenous Language Practice and Transmission by Parents in Inter–Ethnolinguistic Families


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Foreign Languages and Linguistics


Tanzania like many African countries has abundance of indigenous language spoken in the country. The survivor of these languages, however, is under serious threat as they face stiff competition from Kiswahili which is national and official language in Tanzania. There is no formal education for indigenous languages in the country and transmission of these languages largely depends on their use in the communities and at home. My research intends to explore the views of parents in inter – ethnolinguistic families on language practice and intergenerational transmission. The study will use interpretive phenomenological analysis to explore parents’ views and language practice experiences in order to understand how these affect heritage language transmission to their children.