Languages in Africa: Multilingualism, Language Policy, and Education

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Elizabeth C. Zsiga, One Tlale Boyer, Ruth Kramer
Georgetown University Press, 2014 - 207 من الصفحات
People in many African communities live within a series of concentric circles when it comes to language. In a small group, a speaker uses an often unwritten and endangered mother tongue that is rarely used in school. A national indigenous language—written, widespread, sometimes used in school—surrounds it. An international language like French or English, a vestige of colonialism, carries prestige, is used in higher education, and promises mobility—and yet it will not be well known by its users.

The essays in Languages in Africa explore the layers of African multilingualism as they affect language policy and education. Through case studies ranging across the continent, the contributors consider multilingualism in the classroom as well as in domains ranging from music and film to politics and figurative language. The contributors report on the widespread devaluing and even death of indigenous languages. They also investigate how poor teacher training leads to language-related failures in education. At the same time, they demonstrate that education in a mother tongue can work, linguists can use their expertise to provoke changes in language policies, and linguistic creativity thrives in these multilingual communities.


Layers of LanguageSome Bad News and Some Good News on Multilingualism Language Policy and Education in Africa
The Language Factor
Evidence from Africa
3 Classroom Discourse in Bilingual and Multilingual Kenyan Primary Schools
4 Investigating Teacher Effects in MotherTongueBased Multilingual Education Programs
5 Ghanas Complementary Education Program
6 Language Contact and Language Attitudes in Two DagaraSpeaking Border Communities in Burkina Faso and Ghana
The Case of Sebirwa
The Case of the Gujarati Community in South Africa
Proverbs from Cameroons Endangered Indigenous Languages
11 The Linguistic Glocal in Nigerias Urban Popular Music
12 Language Use in Advertisements as a Reflection of Speakers Language Habits
13 The Persuasive Nature of Metaphors in Kenyas Political Discourse
Visualizations of Pathologized Polyglossia

8 Ethnic Language Shift among the Nao People of Ethiopia

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Elizabeth C. Zsiga is a professor in the linguistics department at Georgetown University.

One Tlale Boyer is a postdoctoral research associate in the linguistics department at Georgetown University.

Ruth Kramer is an assistant professor in the linguistics department at Georgetown University.

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