Does tech kill or support multilingualism?
Does the Internet support multilingualism? Prof. Leketi Makalela discusses whether tech is killing indigenous African languages. African languages have faced many threats, but Makalela points out that technology is actually bringing hope to save African languages that might have died if it weren’t for ‘technology, social media, and popular culture, which help them evolve to adapt to the digital age’. While Makalela accepts the need for the lingua franca offered by English, he is ultimately optimistic about the effect of technology and the Internet: ‘While technology is often seen as eroding African values, accelerating moral degeneration and the loss of ubuntu, practice is suggesting that it is having an opposite effect on languages.’