Globalisation and African Languages: Risks and Benefits

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Katrin Bromber, Birgit Smieja
Walter de Gruyter, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 326 pages
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Globalisation and African Languages intends to link African language studies to the concept of 'globalisation'. However, even in the linguistic sense often conflicting and overlapping particularistic interests exist which have a constructive as well as destructive potential. Hence, the contributions to this volume by well-known linguists aim at portraying different aspects/areas of research, i.e. (a) LANGUAGE USE AND ATTITUDES, addressing some of the burning issues in sociolinguistic research; (b) LANGUAGE POLICY AND EDUCATION, investigating the educational domain, and (c) LANGUAGE DESCRIPTION AND CLASSIFICATION demonstrating which parts of different language systems are affected through contact under historical and modern conditions.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
African Languages in Basic Education Proceedings of the First Work
18
with P Amakali Nalenale okwa Once upon a time Tales
28
Indianer und andere Minderheiten Uberlegungen zu einer
31
An underexploited national resource?
53
Martin Putz
68
African languages
85
African privilege or necessity
103
CrossBorder Languages Reports and Studies Regional Workshop
178
The impact of Kiswahili on Kiluguru
181
Loan words in Swahili
199
The noun phrase in the Kerebe language
219
The infinitive as a part of speech in Swahili
243
How many languages are there in Africa really?
279
Languages and language names in Mozambique
297
Observations on Swahili and Midzichenda plant names
313

Using Northern Sotho as medium of instruction in
119
Attitudes among
163

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2004)

Katrin Bromber researches at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin, Germany. Birgit Smieja is Assistant Professor at the University Koblenz-Landau, Germany.

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