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Books: Applied Linguistics: Bromber et al (Eds.)

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Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 10:27:31 -0500 (EST)
From: julia.ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Globalisation and African Languages: Bromber, Smieja (Eds.)


Title: Globalisation and African Languages
Subtitle: Risks and Benefits
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 156
			
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter http://www.mouton-publishers.com		 
			
Editor: Katrin Bromber, Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin, Germany 
Editor: Birgit Smieja, University Koblenz-Landau, Germany 

Hardback: ISBN: 3110180995, Pages: xvii, 326,
	 Price: EUR98.00 / approx. US$118.00

			
Abstract:

GLOBALISATION AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES links African language studies to
the concept of 'globalisation' which increasingly undergoes critical
review. Hence, African linguists of various provenience can make
valuable contributions to this debate.

In cultural matters, which by definition include language, there is
often a sense that globalisation leads to a major trend of
homogenisation, which results in a reduction of diversity on the one
hand and, on the other, in new themes being incorporated into global
(cultural) patterns. However, often conflicting and overlapping
particularistic interests exist which have a constructive as well as
destructive potential.

This aspect leads directly to the first of three sections of this
volume, Language Use and Attitudes, which addresses some of the
burning issues in sociolinguistic research. Since this research area
is tightly linked to the educational domain these important issues are
addressed in articles that comprise the second section of this volume:
Language Policy and Education. The third section of the volume
presents articles dealing with Language Description and Classification
demonstrating which parts of different language systems are affected
through contact under historical and modern conditions.

The contributions of all the well-known scholars in this volume show
that globalisation is a two-way street, and to ensure that all sides
benefit in a reciprocal manner means the impacts have to be monitored
globally, regionally, nationally and locally. By disseminating and
emphasising these linguistic findings as part of the global cultural
heritage, African language studies may offer urgently needed new
perspectives towards a rapidly changing world.


FROM THE CONTENTS

Foreword
VICE CHANCELLOR OF UNAM PETER KATJAVIVI

Karsten Leg�re - African language studies on the move:
A short biography
BIRGIT SMIEJA AND KATRIN BROMBER

Karsten Leg�re: A bibliography	

Introduction
KATRIN BROMBER AND BIRGIT SMIEJA

Section I: Language use and attitudes

Der �bergeordnete ideologische Rahmen der Sprachkonflikte weltweit
REN� DIRVEN AND MARTIN P�TZ

Indianer und andere Minderheiten - �berlegungen zu einer
sprachplanerischen Minoritologie
PETER HANS NELDE

Setswana: An under-exploited national resource?
HERMAN M. BATIBO

Can a 'foreign' language be a national medium of education?
Linguistic ecology and equality in Namibia
MARTIN P�TZ

Revisiting reversing language shift: African languages in high
modernity
CHRISTOPHER STROUD

Triglossia: African privilege or necessity
RAJMUND OHLY

Section II: Language policy and education

Using Northern Sotho as medium of instruction in vocational training
VIC WEBB, BIKI LEPOTA AND REFILWE RAMAGOSHI

Developing a language policy in an African country:
The case of Malawi
AL MTENJE

Writing and reading in English and L1:
Attitudes among pupils in Lira and Mpigi, Uganda
MECHTHILD REH

Section III: Language description and classification

The impact of Kiswahili on Kiluguru	
DANIEL J. MKUDE

Loan words in Swahili
ARVI HURSKAINEN

The noun phrase in the Kerebe language
CHRISTINA THORNELL

The infinitive as a part of speech in Swahili
NELLI V. GROMOVA

On vowel systems in the southern Bole-Tangale languages
RUDOLF LEGER

!Xun as a type B language
BERND HEINE AND CHRISTA K�NIG

How many languages are there in Africa, really?
JOUNI FILIP MAHO

Languages and language names in Mozambique, 150 years ago and now
TORE JANSON

Observations on Swahili and Midzichenda plant names	
FRANZ ROTTLAND AND RALF GROSSERHODE


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Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)


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