LINGUIST List 26.3145

Mon Jul 06 2015

Books: Language Learning, Power, Race and Identity: Botha

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Date: 03-Jul-2015
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Subject: Language Learning, Power, Race and Identity: Botha
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Title: Language Learning, Power, Race and Identity
Subtitle: White Men, Black Language
Series Title: Encounters
Published: 2015
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

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Author: Liz Johanson Botha
Hardback: ISBN: 9781783093854 Pages: 288 Price: U.K. £ 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781783093854 Pages: 288 Price: U.S. $ 154.95

This book investigates the strategies and identities of colonials who have learned the languages of colonised people, using the context of isiXhosa in South Africa. While power in language learning research has traditionally focused on the powerful native speaker and the relatively disempowered learner, this book studies the inverse, where elites are the language learners. The author analyses the life histories of four white South Africans who acquired isiXhosa during the apartheid years. The book offers insights into relationships between language, power, race, identity and change in their stories and in the broader context of apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa, with its conflicted history and disparities. This book should appeal to researchers interested in studies of language acquisition, narrative and identity, as well as those more broadly interested in South African history, multilingualism and race studies.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Xhosa (xho)

Written In: English (eng)

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