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Wed Nov 18 2020

Books: The National Language in a Multilingual Society: Mustapha (ed.)

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Date: 08-Nov-2020
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: The National Language in a Multilingual Society: Mustapha (ed.)
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Title: The National Language in a Multilingual Society
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Sociolinguistics 18
Published: 2020
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

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Editor: Abolaji S. Mustapha
Paperback: ISBN: 9783969390146 Pages: 192 Price: Europe EURO 72.80

This book attempts to answer one of the germane language questions that many multilingual societies struggle to answer. For example, does a multilingual society require a national language to develop? If yes, the question of language choice from their myriad of language pool that will serve as a symbol of unity and sovereign entity together with the criteria for selecting a national language will arise. Tied to these questions is the need to consider the advantages and disadvantages in choosing a former colonial master’s language, a local language (whether minority or majority), a Pidgin, one or more than one language. The next challenge would be how to contain the problems and constraints for selecting a national language. Finding answers to these questions with its attendant consequences is the main preoccupation of this volume.

Some local and international researchers have provided answers to some of these questions. Part of what this book has done is to collate some of these scattered submissions and present them in a very lucid, concise and scholarly manner that will serve as a must read for linguists and stakeholders in language policy and planning in multilingual societies not only in Nigeria but also in Africa and in other parts of the world.

In addition, there are new contributions in this book who have injected fresh insights into what has been submitted earlier. It is anticipated that students, researchers and policy makers on language matters with particular reference to the national language question in multilingual societies would find this volume a rich resource and a reference book on linguistic happenings in multilingual societies, with particular focus on Nigeria.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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