AbstractThe French first landed off the south-eastern coast of Madagascar in December of 1648. A little over two and a half centuries later they would land troops, marking the beginning of sixty years of colonization. The groundwork for government and education set during these years continues to the present day, including the use of the French language. In this study I look at the role of the French language in modern-day Madagascar. Using interviews from two major urban centers, I argue that French has a dualistic role, both as an opportunity for self-advancement for a select few, while also as an oppressive force for many others.
Recommended CitationRoehrer-MacGregor, Christopher, "French in Madagascar: A Colonial Language After Independence" (2013). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. Paper 51.