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Title: Globalisation and African Languages
Subtitle: Risks and Benefits
Edited By: Katrin Bromber
Birgit Smieja
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 156
Description:

GLOBALISATION AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES links African language studies to the concept of 'globalisation' which increasingly undergoes critical review. Hence, African linguists of various provenience can make valuable contributions to this debate.

In cultural matters, which by definition include language, there is often a sense that globalisation leads to a major trend of homogenisation, which results in a reduction of diversity on the one hand and, on the other, in new themes being incorporated into global (cultural) patterns. However, often conflicting and overlapping particularistic interests exist which have a constructive as well as destructive potential.

This aspect leads directly to the first of three sections of this volume, Language Use and Attitudes, which addresses some of the burning issues in sociolinguistic research. Since this research area is tightly linked to the educational domain these important issues are addressed in articles that comprise the second section of this volume: Language Policy and Education. The third section of the volume presents articles dealing with Language Description and Classification demonstrating which parts of different language systems are affected through contact under historical and modern conditions.

The contributions of all the well-known scholars in this volume show that globalisation is a two-way street, and to ensure that all sides benefit in a reciprocal manner means the impacts have to be monitored globally, regionally, nationally and locally. By disseminating and emphasising these linguistic findings as part of the global cultural heritage, African language studies may offer urgently needed new perspectives towards a rapidly changing world.


FROM THE CONTENTS

Foreword
VICE CHANCELLOR OF UNAM PETER KATJAVIVI

Karsten Legère - African language studies on the move:
A short biography
BIRGIT SMIEJA AND KATRIN BROMBER

Karsten Legère: A bibliography

Introduction
KATRIN BROMBER AND BIRGIT SMIEJA

Section I: Language use and attitudes

Der übergeordnete ideologische Rahmen der Sprachkonflikte weltweit
RENÉ DIRVEN AND MARTIN PÜTZ

Indianer und andere Minderheiten - Überlegungen zu einer sprachplanerischen Minoritologie
PETER HANS NELDE

Setswana: An under-exploited national resource?
HERMAN M. BATIBO

Can a 'foreign' language be a national medium of education?
Linguistic ecology and equality in Namibia
MARTIN PÜTZ

Revisiting reversing language shift: African languages in high modernity
CHRISTOPHER STROUD

Triglossia: African privilege or necessity
RAJMUND OHLY

Section II: Language policy and education

Using Northern Sotho as medium of instruction in vocational training
VIC WEBB, BIKI LEPOTA AND REFILWE RAMAGOSHI

Developing a language policy in an African country:
The case of Malawi
AL MTENJE

Writing and reading in English and L1:
Attitudes among pupils in Lira and Mpigi, Uganda
MECHTHILD REH

Section III: Language description and classification

The impact of Kiswahili on Kiluguru
DANIEL J. MKUDE

Loan words in Swahili
ARVI HURSKAINEN

The noun phrase in the Kerebe language
CHRISTINA THORNELL

The infinitive as a part of speech in Swahili
NELLI V. GROMOVA

On vowel systems in the southern Bole-Tangale languages
RUDOLF LEGER
!Xun as a type B language
BERND HEINE AND CHRISTA KÖNIG

How many languages are there in Africa, really?
JOUNI FILIP MAHO

Languages and language names in Mozambique, 150 years ago and now
TORE JANSON

Observations on Swahili and Midzichenda plant names
FRANZ ROTTLAND AND RALF GROSSERHODE

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110180995
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xvii, 326
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