LINGUIST List 32.2921

Tue Sep 14 2021

Books: Youth Language Practices and Urban Language Contact in Africa: Mesthrie, Hurst-Harosh, Brookes (eds.)

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Date: 11-Sep-2021
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Subject: Youth Language Practices and Urban Language Contact in Africa: Mesthrie, Hurst-Harosh, Brookes (eds.)
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Title: Youth Language Practices and Urban Language Contact in Africa
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Rajend Mesthrie
Editor: Ellen Hurst-Harosh
Editor: Heather Brookes
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107171206 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107171206 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107171206 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.20

The ways in which young people use language provides fascinating insights into language practice and contact. Written by a team of key scholars in the field, this book describes and theorises 'male, in-group, street-aligned, youth language practice' in urban centres in Africa, exploring the creative use of language, and its function in peer sociality and contestation of social identities. The book contributes to theoretical debates surrounding multimodal language, language contact, standards and variation, and language change. It highlights that 'youth languages' are not to be confused with the urban languages, varieties, and vernaculars of the general population, and that claims of autonomy and candidacy as national languages are flawed. The book demonstrates that the youthful practices of males are nevertheless worthy of scholarly attention: the framing of youth languages within the field of language contact will stimulate situated and comprehensive studies of the role and significance of youth practices.

1. Language Contact and Structure in Urban IsiXhosa and Associated Youth Languages Silvester Ron Simango; 2. Not 'Deep' but Still IsiXhosa: Young People's Urban IsiXhosa and its Relation to Tsotsitaal Tessa Dowling; 3. Rethinking Youth Language Practices in South Africa: An Interactional Sociocultural Perspective Heather Brookes; 4. Tsotsitaals, Urban Vernaculars, and Contact Linguistics Rajend Mesthrie; 5. Grammatical Hybridity in Camfranglais? Roland Kießling; 6. Sheng and Engsh in Kenya's Public Spaces and Media: From Nganya and Mathree to Broadcast Proggiez Maarten Mous and Sandra Barasa; 7. Exploring Hybridity in Ivorian French and Nouchi Akissi Béatrice Boutin; 8 Authenticity and the Object of Analysis: Methods of Youth Language Data Collection Ellen Hurst-Harosh and Eyo Offiong Mensah; Index.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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