This book focuses on language, culture, and national identity in Africa. Leading specialists examine countries in every part of the continent - Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanbia, South Africa, and the nations of the Horn, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. Each chapter describes and examines the country's linguistic and political history and the relation of its languages to national, ethnic, and cultural identities, and assesses the relative status of majority and minority languages and the role of language in ethnic conflict. Of the book's authors, fifteen are from Africa and seven from Europe and the USA.
Jargon-free, fully referenced, and illustrated with seventeen maps, this book will be of value to a wide range of readers in linguistics, politics, history, sociology, and anthropology. It will interest everyone wishing to understand the dynamic interactions between language and politics in Africa, in the past and now.
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Andrew Simpson is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics, University of Southern California. He has studied and travelled extensively in Africa, and is particularly interested in the dynamics of post-colonial language development in West Africa. He is the editor of the Language and National Identity in Asia (OUP 2007).
... the collection provides a fascinating and valuable new perspective on language policy and planning and emphasizes the constructed yet fluid nature of the language-identity nexus. * Tracy G. Beckett, Linguistlist *
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Descripción Oxford University Press, USA, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0199286744
Descripción Oxford Univ Pr, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 1st edition. 448 pages. 10.00x7.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería zk0199286744
Descripción Oxford University Press, 2008. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0199286744