Language Decline and Death in Africa: Causes, Consequences, and Challenges

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Multilingual Matters, Jan 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 174 pages
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The aim of this book is to inform both scholars and the public about the nature and extent of the problem of language decline and death in Africa. It resourcefully traces the main causes and circumstances of language endangerment, the processes and extent of language shift and death, and the consequences of language loss to the continent's rich linguistic and cultural heritage. The book outlines some of the challenges that have emerged out of the situation.
 

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Contents

The Languages of Africa
1
Patterns of Language Use in Africa
16
African Languages as a Resource
32
The Minority Languages of Africa
51
The Endangered Languages of Africa
62
Language Shift and Death in Africa
87
Language Maintenance in Africa
102
Language Empowerment Measures
115
References
130
Nationally and Areally Dominant Languages
138
Highly Endangered and Extinct or Nearly Extinct
145
Number of Dominant and Minority Languages
153
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