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More than 40 years in the past it used to be confirmed that the African continent could be divided into 4 precise language households. examine on African languages has therefore been preoccupied with reconstructing and figuring out similarities throughout those households. This has intended that an curiosity in other forms of linguistic dating, corresponding to no matter if structural similarities and dissimilarities between African languages are the results of touch among those languages, hasn't ever been the topic of significant learn. This 2007 e-book indicates that such similarities throughout African languages are extra universal than is generally believed. It offers a extensive standpoint on Africa as a linguistic quarter, in addition to an research of particular linguistic areas. with a view to have a greater realizing of African languages, their constructions, and their background, additional information on those contact-induced relationships is vital to figuring out Africa's linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its heritage and prehistory.
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26 In 1919 a Telegraph Communications Board, chaired by Alfred Milner, proposed an “imperial wireless service” to link Britain with far-flung holdings, and the growth of “empire broadcasting” would extend into the British Empire Exhibition and eventually allow George V to “address the empire” on the radio. In June the Air Ministry announced the formation of an advisory committee to study “imperial air routes,” and during the 1920s the Royal Air Force (RAF) experimented with “air power” as a new form of colonial “policing” in Mesopotamia and other territories.
George’s Day in 1924. 3 During the war British merchants and manufacturers lost important foreign markets, the government sold assets and took out foreign loans, and the United States surged ahead, replacing Britain as the world’s leading economic power. The world economy had been disrupted, and after the war economic recovery was uncertain, but the empire still seemed to most Britons firmly under their nation’s control and a reminder of past preeminence. The empire had helped Britain win the war; now India, the colonies, and the dominions would help “win the peace” by giving Britain the means to revive from the economic setbacks of the war, during a time in which European recovery seemed uncertain, and to successfully compete with foreign rivals, including the United States.
This division of funds was unlikely to produce much for individual colonies and was in any case never realized, as the exhibition went over budget and ran a loss by the end of 1925. 41 Perhaps surprisingly, considering the group’s prominent backers, Butler was inclined to disallow the group’s request. For Butler, the affair opened up thorny questions regarding the proper relationship between government and private exhibitors. Butler, a civil service professional, was not impressed with amateurs, and though he approved of Lord Morris, he was dismissive of Taverner and Bradbury (Butler recorded that Taverner, who had a past record of misconduct, was “a not very commanding figure” and not respected in Australia, and hinted that Bradbury was senile, “a muddler of the first order”).
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