[LISTEN] Tracing the history of African languages

Africa is said to be home to the highest linguistic diversity in the world with thousands of different languages.

This week's masterclass places a particular focus on the history of African languages, how they have evolved, the base languages from where others emerged and how they moved across the continent.

Azania spoke to Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society founder Professor Kwesi Kwaa Prah to explore the subject.

Evidence seems to suggest that language emerged in the border area between Angola and Namibia, in the heartland of what today is described as the Khoi and the San speaking peoples.

Professor Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Founder - Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society

The idea that there are 1,500 languages in Africa is faulty. It depends on what you count as language.

Professor Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Founder - Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society

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