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LINGUIST List 25.546

Mon Feb 03 2014

Books: The Arabic Script in Africa: Mumin, Versteegh (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-Feb-2014
From: Stephanie Paalvast <paalvastbrill.com>
Subject: The Arabic Script in Africa: Mumin, Versteegh (Eds)
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Title: The Arabic Script in Africa
Subtitle: Studies in the Use of a Writing System
Series Title: Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics
Published: 2014
Publisher: Brill
                http://www.brill.com

Book URL: http://www.brill.com/arabic-script-africa

Editor: Meikal Mumin
Editor: Kees Versteegh
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004256798 Pages: 420 Price: Europe EURO 134
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004256798 Pages: 420 Price: U.S. $ 174
Abstract:

The Arabic script in Africa contains sixteen papers on the past and present use of Arabic script to write African languages. These writing traditions, which are sometimes collectively referred to as Ajami, are discussed for single or multiple languages, with examples from all major linguistic phyla of Africa but one (Khoisan), and from all geographic areas of Africa (North, West, Central, East, and South Africa), as well as a paper on the Ajami heritage in the Americas. The papers analyze (ethno-) historical, literary, (socio-) linguistic, and in particular grammatological aspects of these previously understudied writing traditions and exemplify their range and scope, providing new data for the comparative study of writing systems, literacy in Africa, and the history of (Islam in) Africa.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Writing Systems

Written In: English (eng)

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