LINGUIST List 30.2024

Mon May 13 2019

Confs: Anthropological Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Germany

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Date: 11-May-2019
From: Monika Reif <>
Subject: Language Endangerment & Language-in-education Policies in Africa
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Language Endangerment & Language-in-education Policies in Africa
Short Title: LAUD 2020 - Theme Session 2

Date: 03-Aug-2020 - 06-Aug-2020
Location: Landau in der Pfalz, Germany
Contact: Martin Pütz
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

LAUD 2020

Theme Session 2:
Language endangerment and language-in-education policies in Africa

This session examines the richness and complexity of linguistic diversity and language contact situations from the perspective of language endangerment, with a focus on case studies from various nations in Africa. In this regard, topics such as the diversification of languages, their adaptation to new ecologies, and the relation between linguistic and biological diversity (i.e. ecolinguistics) will be at the centre of discussion. In the context of globalisation, the impact of English (as well as French and Portuguese) on indigenous, African languages in different parts of Africa will be explored. The contemporary global processes of socio-cultural, economic and environmental disruption represent a threat to the world’s and Africa’s fast-declining linguistic diversity.

Strongly connected with the issue of endangered languages is the status and use of languages for educational purposes, including the issue of language rights. Still, most African governments hold on to exoglossic language policies in their educational systems, and the majority of African children therefore continue to be taught in European languages that are foreign to them. Millions of children in Africa do not get instruction in their first language. Thus, there is a dramatic sociolinguistic discontinuity between their pre-school cognitive categories and the more abstract re-categorisation which the primary school normally effectuates. Therefore, the current discussion of mother-tongue education vs. learning via non-African, European languages as media of instruction in Africa has always been and still continues to remain a highly controversial debate.

We invite abstracts for presentations on the following sub-themes:

- early developments: colonial language-in-education policies
- linguistic implications of colonisation and decolonisation
- language, ecology and environment (ecolinguistics)
- linguistic diversity and endangerment: case studies
- Eurocentrism vs. perspectives from within Africa
- modernity and the globalisation of English/French: the fate of African languages
- language policy, inequity and linguistic human rights
- critique of the endangered-languages movement: the cost and benefit approach to language loss
- the empowerment of African languages
- feminist language planning: women and voice in Africa
- attitudes, beliefs and ethnic identity
- documentary linguistics
- the place and role of African languages in education (health, economy, governance, technology, and law)
- the mother tongue-based education debate
- media, information technology and language planning

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