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Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:18 - Updated Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:18

Government bets on promoting linguistic heritage

Luanda - The Angolan Government is committed to safeguarding, enhancing and protecting national languages as a national linguistic heritage, said on Thursday in Luanda, the Secretary of State for Culture, Aguinaldo Cristóvão.

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Secretary of State fo culture, Aguinaldo Cristóvão

Photo: Rosário dos Santos

To this end, the country is promoting a public consultation of the National Languages ​​Bill, with a view to collecting contributions before submitting it to the Council of Ministers and subsequently to the National Assembly.

The Angolan Draft Law on Languages, with 21 articles, provides for measures for promotion and dissemination, legal protection and lexicological evolution, legislative power, executive power, among other aspects.

According to Aguinaldo Cristóvão, it is intended to consolidate national identity and education through the use of national languages, as well as a greater investment and betting of trained staff in this area.

Aguinaldo Cristovão also pointed to the incentive in the study of Angolan languages ​​as a way to guarantee validation, besides the legal and scientific issues and valorization of Angolan national languages.

However  the following languages, Cokwe, Khoi, Kikongo, Kimbundu, Ngangela, Oxiwambo, Olunyaneka, Umbundu, Vátwa, Helelo, Luvale, Mbunda, Mbinda and Lunda Ndembo are considered as national languages.

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