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LINGUIST List 20.3088

Mon Sep 14 2009

Books: Applied Ling/Socioling/Discourse Analysis: Ndhlovu

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        1.    Christian Bieri, The Politics of Language and Nation Building in Zimbabwe: Ndhlovu

Message 1: The Politics of Language and Nation Building in Zimbabwe: Ndhlovu
Date: 09-Sep-2009
From: Christian Bieri <publicitypeterlang.com>
Subject: The Politics of Language and Nation Building in Zimbabwe: Ndhlovu
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Title: The Politics of Language and Nation Building in Zimbabwe
Series Title: Africa in Development Vol. 2
Published: 2009
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
                http://www.peterlang.com

Book URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=11942

Author: Finex Ndhlovu
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039119424 Pages: 243 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039119424 Pages: 243 Price: Europe EURO 35.20 Comment: for Austria; incl. VAT
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039119424 Pages: 243 Price: U.K. £ 32.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039119424 Pages: 243 Price: Europe EURO 35.20
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039119424 Pages: 243 Price: Europe EURO 34.20 Comment: for Germany; incl. VAT
Abstract:

This book examines the exclusion of minority languages (and their speakers)
from the mainstream domains of everyday social life in postcolonial
Zimbabwe. It considers forces of hegemonic nation building, subtle cultural
oppression and a desire for linguistic uniformity as major factors
contributing to the social exclusion of Zimbabweans from language groups
other than Shona and Ndebele. The book interprets the various forms of
language-based exclusion exercised by Shona and Ndebele language speakers
over minority groups as constituting a form of linguistic imperialism.
Contrary to the popular view that English is Zimbabwe's «killer language»,
which should be replaced by selected indigenous languages that are
perceived as more nationally «authentic» and better grounded in both pre-
and post-imperial frameworks, this book argues that linguistic imperialism
has very little to do with whether the dominating language is «foreign» or
«indigenous». The author discusses oral submissions from minority language
speakers, language experts, policy-makers and educators. While the focus is
specifically on the politics of language and identity in Zimbabwe, this
case study gives an insight into the complexity of identity and nation
building in postcolonial Africa.

Contents:

History of language politics in Zimbabwe - Language politics in colonial
Zimbabwe - Language and politics in the postcolonial context - Language use
in education, media, law and administration - Critique of mainstream
discourses on language and Zimbabwean politics - Language and ethnicity in
PF ZAPU and ZANU PF politics - Language and ethnicity in ZANU PF internal
politics - Language and ethnicity in MDC internal politics - Language
policy as a site of political contests - Everyday forms of language-based
marginalization - Language and nation building or language and empire
building? - National identity and discourses of exclusion - Language
hierarchies and internal colonization - The future of marginalized
identities - Strategies for the maintenance of minority identities - The
Zimbabwe case study in global perspective.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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