The Languages of Urban Africa (Advances in Sociolinguistics)

The Languages of Urban Africa (Advances in Sociolinguistics)

By: Fiona McLaughlin (editor)Paperback

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A rich series of geographically diverse case studies examining the historical and theoretical issues involved in the study of urban African languages. "The Languages of Urban Africa" consists of a series of case studies, framed by introductory and concluding chapters, which address four main themes. The first is the history of African urban languages. The second set of case studies focuses on theoretical issues in the study of African urban languages, exploring the outcomes of intense multilingualism and also the ways in which urban dwellers form their speech communities. The volume then moves on to explore the relationship between language and identity in the urban setting. The final two case studies in the volume address the evolution of urban languages in Africa. This rich set of case studies includes languages and speech communities in ten geographically diverse African urban centers, covering almost all regions of the continent. Half involve Francophone cities, the other half, Anglophone. The case studies are framed by an introductory chapter by the editor and also a concluding chapter by distinguished linguist Salikoko Mufwene. His chapter shows us what the study of urban African languages can tell us about language and about African societies in general. "The Advances in Sociolinguistics" series seeks to provide a snapshot of the current diversity of the field of sociolinguistics and the blurring of the boundaries between sociolinguistics and other domains of study concerned with the role of language in society.

About Author

Fiona McLaughlin is an Associate Professor of African Languages and Linguistics at the University of Florida, USA.


1: An introduction to the languages of urban Africa Fiona Mc Laughlin (University of Florida, USA); I: African urban languages and their histories; 2: The historical dynamic of multilingualism in Accra M.E. Kropp Dakubu (University of Ghana-Legon, Ghana); 3: Urban Wolof: profile of a language Fiona Mc Laughlin (University of Florida, USA); 4: The spread of Lingala as a lingua france in the Congo basin, Eyamba G. Bokamba (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA); II: Theoretical approaches to the study of African urban languages; 5: Are African cities really different linguistically? Some insights from Cape Town, Cecile Vigouroux (Simon Fraser University, Canada); 6: Discourses, community, identity: Processes of linguistic homogenization in Bamako, Mali, Cecile Canut (CNRS-Paris, France); 7: Polarizing and blending: compatible practices in a bilingual urban community in Cape Town, Kay McCormick, (University of Cape Town, South Africa); III: The question of identity in African urban languages; 8. The story of old-urban vernaculars in North Afric, Atiqa Hachimi (Atiqa Hachimi, University of Florida); 9: Language choice in Dar-es-Salaam's billboards, Charles Bwenge (University of Florida, USA); 10: The multiple facts of Abidjan's urban language form, Nouchi, Sabine Kube (UNESCO-Paris, France); 11: Multilingualism and language use in Porto-Novo, Benin Wale Adeniran (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria); 12: On the linguistic vitality of Ga~ in Accra, James Essegbey (University of Florida, USA); IV: The evolution of urban languages in Africa; 13: Innovations on the fringes of the Swahili-speaking world: observations from Bujumbura, Haig Der Houssikian, (University of Florida, USA); Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781847061164
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9781847061164
  • weight: 532
  • ISBN10: 1847061168

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