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African Voices

An introduction to the languages and linguistics of Africa

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edited by Kembo-Sure and Vic Webb
pp. 334, Oxford
data stampa: 2004
codice isbn: 978019571681

What role does language play in development and conflict in Africa? Why have most African states chosen to use the ex-colonial language as the official language and the medium of education? Are indigenous languages as well-equipped as European languages to express complex ideas? What are the implications of the neglect of local languages? These are some of the questions raised in African Voices, a book which challenges the Eurocentric approach to language, and explores Africa's rich linguistic tapestry. 

Covering the general topics of undergraduate linguistics courses, including phonetics and phonology, lexicology, semantics, and discourse analysis, African Voices is unique in that it places its focus on the languages and linguistics of Africa, giving African examples of linguistic phenomena, describing African language issues and discourse patterns, and providing phonetic descriptions of African languages such as Swahili and Zulu.

Throughout there is a concern with the social, political, and educational implications of language. African Voices explores the effects of contact and competition between languages, cross-cultural communication, and language in education, and seeks solutions to Africa's linguistic problems. Written by experts from South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, and Uganda, this stimulating text is vital reading for students of linguistics in Africa and readers interested in African studies.

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List of contributors


Introduction

Language as a problem in Africa - Vic Webb and Kembo-Sure

The languages of Africa - Vic Webb and Kembo-Sure

Linguistics: an overview - Kembo-Sure and Vic Webb

Languages in contact - Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu

Languages in competition - Kembo-Sure and Vic Webb

The sounds of Africa: their phonetic characteristics - Herman Batibo

System in the sounds of Africa - Herman Batibo

Building techniques in African languages - D. Okoth Okombo

The lexicons of Africa - Danie Prinsloo, Albina R. Chuwa, and Elsabé Taljard

Discourse: language in context - Hilton Hubbard

Cross-cultural communication in Africa - Oswald K. Ndoleriire

Language in education and language learning in Africa - Jane Kembo

Appendix: A bird's-eye view of the language character of the African states

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