The Language of Justice: when the colonial past is invited into the courtroom

Tarr, Natalie. (2017) The Language of Justice: when the colonial past is invited into the courtroom. Etudes de lettres, 305 (3-4). pp. 155-172.

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In courts throughout Burkina Faso only French is admitted for all communication, a heritage left over from colonial times. Since the vast majority of defendants cannot use French fluently, they need an interpreter. Interpretation has a long history in Africa, but the interpreter's role has never been as vaguely defined as it is today. The use of French, which has "invited" itself into the courtrooms of Burkina Faso, will be analyzed here as a continuation of a colonial past and the astounding return of a well-known literary figure.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Afrikastudien (Macamo)
UniBasel Contributors:Tarr, Natalie
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Université de Lausanne
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article -- Additional publication or translation in: Tarr, Natalie (in press). La Langue de la Justice : quand le passé colonial s'invite dans la salle d'audience. In: Bearth, Thomas and Djouroukoro Diallo (eds.) (in press): African multilingualism and the Agenda 2030 / Multilinguisme africain et l'Agenda 2030. LIT-Verlag: Münster / Berlin
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