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Wed Dec 08 2010

FYI: Call for Book Chapters: English in Africa

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        1.     Rotimi Taiwo , Call for Book Chapters: English in Africa

Message 1: Call for Book Chapters: English in Africa
Date: 08-Dec-2010
From: Rotimi Taiwo <ferotaiyahoo.com>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters: English in Africa
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English in Africa: Issues in Contact Linguistics


Akinmade Akande (Ph.D) & Rotimi Taiwo (Ph.D)
Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

The history of English in Africa can be traced to the establishment of
trading posts in parts of the continent in the 17th century. Much later,
missionary activities and colonialism came in the 19th century with the
return of African slaves to Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 19th century.
English has been in Africa for nearly 400 years. Today in Anglophone
Africa, English is being used for many purposes in 22 sub-Saharan African
countries (including as a lingua franca between speakers of different
indigenous languages). Its usage reflects all manners of local and regional
influences. It is also taught as a second language in francophone
countries. The usage is side by side with many highly codified indigenous
African languages.

Over the years of its existence, the language has been indigenized in order
to fulfill the people’s quest for cultural expression and national
identity. In addition, there have also emerged hybrid varieties of English
and the local languages. The situation is such that some English
expressions have become permanent features of most bilingual Africans. In
addition, African writers have found it necessary to adapt and indigenize
certain aspects of the language, including both the lexicon and narrative

This publication is aimed at examining the different aspects of language
practices in post-colonial multilingual Anglophone Africa. These include
(but are not limited) to the following:

- Borrowing
- Pidginization, Creolization and mixed languages
- Code-switching/Code-mixing
- Interference
- Linguistic Hegemony
- Syntactic Features of Contact Varieties of English
- The Phonology of Contact Englishes
- English Usage in Popular Culture
- Language Contact in African Music
- Theoretical Issues in Contact Linguistics
- Methodological Issues and Data Procedures in Contact Linguistics

Submission Procedure: Sociolinguistics researchers, scholars and
professionals are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2011, a chapter
proposal of not more than 2 pages, clearly stating the purpose of the
chapter and its contents. A proposal should contain the following information:

(a) Title of chapter
(b) Name of authors(s)
(c) E-mail address and affiliation
(d) Specific details on area to be covered

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Formats. Authors of
accepted proposals will be notified by May 30, 2011. Upon acceptance of
their proposals, authors will have until August 30, 2011 to prepare their
chapters of 5,000-7,000 words. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a
double-blind review basis. Guidelines for preparing chapters will be sent
upon acceptance of proposals. Authors will be notified about
acceptance/rejection of chapters on November 30, 2011. The editors are
discussing with Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Berne,
Switzerland on the possibility of publishing the book.

Please e-mail all inquiries and proposal submissions to: ferotaiyahoo.com
or akinmakandeyahoo.com

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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