Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure
Date: 21-May-2013 From: Elinor Robertson <marketingmultilingual-matters.com> Subject: Language Conflict in Algeria: Benrabah E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Language Conflict in Algeria
Subtitle: From Colonialism to Post-Independence
Series Title: Multilingual Matters
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
This is a book about the use of languages as a proxy for conflict. It traces the history of Algeria from colonization by the French in 1830 to the celebration of 50 years of independence in 2012, and examines the linguistic issues that have accompanied this turbulent period. The book begins with an examination of 'language conflict' and related concepts, and then applies them to both the French colonists' language policies and the Arabization campaigns which followed independence. This is followed by an analysis of the rivalry between the English and French languages in independent Algeria. The book concludes with a study of the language choices made by Algerian writers and the complex tensions which arose from these choices among intellectuals in the colonial and post-colonial periods.