This book focuses on the languages and linguistics of Africa. Covering the major themes that are dealt with in university courses, and making extensive use of linguistic symbols and diagrams, this is an essential text for undergraduate and postgraduate linguistics students in South Africa and Africa as a whole, as well as for students of African studies worldwide. Its topics include general descriptions of African languages, the nature of languages in contact and in
competition, language in education, and the need for governmental intervention in linguistic issues.
Language as a problem in Africa, Vic Webb and Kembo-Sure; the languages of Africa, Vic Webb and Kembo-Sure; linguistics - an overview, Vic Webb and Kembo-Sure; languages in contact in Africa, Nkonko Kamwamgamulu; languages in competition, Vic Webb and Kembo-Sure; the sounds of Africa, 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 Elsabe Taljard; discourse - language in context, Hilton Hubbard; cross-cultural communication in Africa, Oswald Ndoleriire; language learning in Africa, Jane Kembo.