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Fri May 22 2020

Books: The Cambridge Handbook of African Linguistics: Wolff (ed.)

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Date: 22-May-2020
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Subject: The Cambridge Handbook of African Linguistics: Wolff (ed.)
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Title: The Cambridge Handbook of African Linguistics
Series Title: Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: H. Ekkehard Wolff
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108287227 Pages: 834 Price: U.S. $ 124.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108417983 Pages: 834 Price: U.S. $ 155.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108417983 Pages: 834 Price: U.K. £ 120.00

This book provides an in-depth and comprehensive state-of-the-art study of 'African languages' and 'language in Africa' since its beginnings as a 'colonial science' at the turn of the twentieth century in Europe. Compiled by 56 internationally renowned scholars, this ground breaking study looks at past and current research on 'African languages' and 'language in Africa' under the impact of paradigmatic changes from 'colonial' to 'postcolonial' perspectives. It addresses current trends in the study of the role and functions of language, African and other, in pre- and postcolonial African societies. Highlighting the central role that the 'language factor' plays in postcolonial transformation processes of sociocultural modernization and economic development, it also addresses more recent, particularly urban, patterns of communication, and outlines applied dimensions of digitalization and human language technology.

1. African linguistics: conceptions and scope H. Ekkehard Wolff
Part I. Short Regional Histories of African Linguistics:
2. African linguistics in Europe Arvi Hurskainen, Roland Kießling, Nina Pawlak and Alexander Zheltov
3. African linguistics in North and so-called Francophone Africa Abderrahman el Aissati, Yamina el Kirat el Allame and Philip Ngessimo Mathe Mutaka
4. African linguistics in North-Eastern and so-called Anglophone Africa Akinbiyi Akinlabi, Bruce Connell, Angelika Jakobi, Amani Lusekelo, Ronny Meyer, Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle and Wolbert Smidt
5. African linguistics in so-called Lusophone and Hispanophone Africa, and in Southern Africa Sonja Bosch, Inge Kosch and Anne-Maria Fehn
6. African linguistics in the Americas, Asia, and Australia G. Tucker Childs, Margarida Petter, Shigeki Kaji, John Hajek, Sun Xiaomeng and Yang Chul-Joon
Part II. Comparative and Descriptive African Linguistics:
7. Comparative African linguistics Gerrit J. Dimmendaal
8. A typological and areal perspective on African languages Bernd Heine
9. Niger-Congo linguistic features and typology Larry M. Hyman, Nicholas Rolle, Hannah Sande, Emily Clem, Peter S. E. Jenks, Florian Lionnet, John Merrill and Nicholas Baier
10. Afroasiatic linguistic features and typologies Ronny Meyer and H. Ekkehard Wolff
11. Linguistic features and typologies in languages commonly referred to as 'Nilo-Saharan' Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, Colleen Ahland, Angelika Jakobi and Constance Kutsch Lojenga
12. Linguistic features and typologies in languages commonly referred to as 'Khoisan' Alena Witzlack-Makarevich and Hirosi Nakagawa
Part III. African Languages in Cultures and Societies:
13. Sociocultural and political settings of language in Africa Alamin Mazrui
14. In and out of Africa: the sociolinguistics of European and Asian languages in Africa and of the African diaspora Rajend Mesthrie
15. Language endangerment and language documentation in Africa Friederike Lüpke
16. Situated language use in Africa Sigurd D'hondt
17. Special-purpose registers of language in Africa Alice Mitchell and Ayu'nwi N. Neba
18. African languages in urban contexts Andrea Hollington and Nico Nassenstein
19. African languages and mobile communication: between constraint and creativity Ana Deumert, Ivan Panoviæ, Dorothy Agyepong and David Barasa
Part IV. Applied Perspectives in African Linguistics:
20. Multilingualism and education in Africa Kathleen Heugh
21. Intellectualisation of African languages: past, present and future Russell H. Kaschula and Dion Nkomo:
22. African languages and human language technologies Justus C. Roux and H. Steve Ndinga-Koumba-Binza.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
Areal Regions: African

Written In: English (eng)

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