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
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
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
Revisiting reversing language shift: African languages in high modernity
Triglossia: African privilege or necessity
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
Writing and reading in English and L1:
Attitudes among pupils in Lira and Mpigi, Uganda
Section III: Language description and classification
The impact of Kiswahili on Kiluguru
DANIEL J. MKUDE
Loan words in Swahili
The noun phrase in the Kerebe language
The infinitive as a part of speech in Swahili
NELLI V. GROMOVA
On vowel systems in the southern Bole-Tangale languages
!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
Observations on Swahili and Midzichenda plant names
FRANZ ROTTLAND AND RALF GROSSERHODE