Socio-spatial Networks, Multilingualism, and Language Use in a Rural African Context

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


A GIS spatial perspective can provide important insights into many poorly understood sociolinguistic phenomena such as multilingualism in rural Africa. By relying on ethnographic and individual-based sociolinguistic information as well as on high spatial-temporal resolution data, our interdisciplinary team composed of linguists and geographers aims to (i) make original contributions to the cartographic representation of multilingualism and (ii) develop spatial-analytical models able to capture a complex array of linguistic, cultural, and spatial variables for a compact rural area of Cameroon.


Language & space Multilingualism Ethnographic GIS Rural Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity at BuffaloBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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