LINGUIST List 32.2211

Tue Jun 29 2021

Books: Rethinking Language Use in Digital Africa: Makalela, White (eds.)

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Date: 23-Jun-2021
From: Flo McClelland <flomultilingual-matters.com>
Subject: Rethinking Language Use in Digital Africa: Makalela, White (eds.)
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Title: Rethinking Language Use in Digital Africa
Subtitle: Technology and Communication in Sub-Saharan Africa
Series Title: New Perspectives on Language and Education
Published: 2021
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
                http://www.multilingual-matters.com/

Book URL: https://www.multilingual-matters.com/page/detail/?K=9781800412293

Editor: Leketi Makalela
Editor: Goodith White
Hardback: ISBN: 9781800412309 Pages: 216 Price: U.S. $ 139.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781800412309 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 99.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781800412293 Pages: 216 Price: U.S. $ 39.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781800412293 Pages: 216 Price: U.K. £ 29.95
Abstract:

This book challenges the view that digital communication in Africa is limited and relatively unsophisticated and questions the assumption that digital communication has a damaging effect on indigenous African languages. The book applies the principles of Digital African Multilingualism (DAM) in which there are no rigid boundaries between languages. The book charts a way forward for African languages where greater attention is paid to what speakers do with the languages rather than what the languages look like, and offers several models for language policy and planning based on horizontal and user-based multilingualism. The chapters demonstrate how digital communication is being used to form and sustain communication in many kinds of online groups, including for political activism and creating poetry, and offer a paradigm of language merging online that provides a practical blueprint for the decolonization of African languages through digital platforms.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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