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Title:Languages in Africa: multilingualism, language policy, and education
Editors:Zsiga, Elizabeth C.ISNI
Tlale Boyer, One
Kramer, Ruth
Series:Georgetown University round table on languages and linguistics (ISSN 0196-7207)
City of publisher:Washington, DC
Publisher:Georgetown University Press
ISBN:1626161526; 9781626161528; 1626161534; 9781626161535
Geographic term:Africa
indigenous languages
language policy
languages of instruction
language instruction
language usage
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Abstract: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, is used in higher education, and promises mobility, but is often not well mastered by its users. The essays in this volume 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 multilingual communities. Contents: Introduction: Layers of Language -some bad news and some good news on multilingualism, language policy, and education in Africa (Elizabeth C. Zsiga, One Tlale Boyer, Ruth Kramer); Early reading success in Africa: the language factor (Barbara Trudell, Carolyn Temple Adger); Multilingualism as a sociolinguistic phenomenon: evidence from Africa (Eyamba G. Bokamba); Classroom discourse in bilingual and multilingual Kenyan primary schools (Lydiah Kananu Kiramba); Investigating teacher effects in mother-tongue-based multilingual education programs (Stephen L. Walter); Ghana's complementary education program (Kingsley Akorful); Language contact and language attitudes in two Dagara-speaking border communities in Burkina Faso and Ghana (Richard Beyogle); Language and education policy in Botswana: the case of Sebirwa (One Tlale Boyer, Elizabeth C. Zsiga); Ethnic language shift among the Nao people of Ethiopia (Samson Seid); The role of language and culture in ethnic identity maintenance: the case of the Gujarati community in South Africa (Sheena Shah); 'The palm oil with which words are eaten': proverbs from Cameroon's endangered indigenous languages (Eyovi Njwe); The linguistic 'glocal' in Nigeria's urban popular music (Tolulope Odebunmi); Language use in advertisements as a reflection of speakers' language habits (Leonard Muaka); The persuasive nature of metaphors in Kenya's political discourse (Leonard Muaka); African languages on film: visualizations of pathologized polyglossia (Anjali Pandey). [ASC Leiden abstract]