Salikoko Mufwene s-mufwene at UCHICAGO.EDU
Wed Mar 6 01:31:23 UTC 2013

An important reason is that in graphic representations of African
languages the sound [k] is typically represented with the letter /k/,
regardless of the etymology of /Africa/. The particular connection to
Swahili sounds dubious.


On 3/5/2013 5:39 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
> The Afrocentric spelling of "Afrika(n)" was popularized by Haki R.
> Madhubuti (formerly Don L. Lee), who used it as early as 1979 in _From
> Plan to Planet_. Some discussion here:
> On Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>> The naming was deliberate. I've already inquired about that, but no one
>> seems to be able to tell me why. On the other hand, "Amerika" has come
>> acquire some rather negative connotations. Then, there's Kalifornia...
>> On 3/5/2013 5:13 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>> Th CNN crawl mentions an "Afrikan Heritage House" at Oberlin College.
>>> What's this "Afrikan" business? I can remember when radicals were using
>>> "Amerika" and even "Amerikkka." But they were being critikal. So what gives?
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