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LINGUIST List 24.2182

Thu May 23 2013

Books: Repertoires and Choices in African Languages: Lüpke, Storch

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 22-May-2013
From: Linda Steglich <linda.steglichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Repertoires and Choices in African Languages: Lüpke, Storch
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Title: Repertoires and Choices in African Languages
Series Title: Language Contact and Bilingualism [LCB] 5
Published: 2013
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/184444?format=G

Author: Friederike Lüpke
Author: Anne Storch
Electronic: ISBN: 9781614511946 Pages: 405 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781614512516 Pages: 405 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

Most African languages are spoken by communities as one of several languages present on a daily basis. The persistence of multilingualism and the linguistic creativity manifest in the playful use of different languages are striking, especially against the backdrop of language death and expanding monolingualism elsewhere in the world. The effortless mastery of several languages is disturbing, however, for those who take essentialist perspectives that see it as a problem rather than a resource, and for the dominating, conflictual, sociolinguistic model of multilingualism. This volume investigates African minority languages in the context of changing patterns of multilingualism, and also assesses the status of African languages in terms of existing influential vitality scales. An important aspect of multilingual praxis is the speakers' agency in making choices, their repertoires of registers and the multiplicity of language ideology associated with different ways of speaking. The volume represents a new and original contribution to the ethnography of speaking of multilingual practices and the cultural ideas associated with them.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Contact
                            Language and Social Interaction
                            Sociolinguistics
Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic

Written In: English (eng)

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