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African Languages, Development and the State : EIDOS S. - Richard Fardon

African Languages, Development and the State

EIDOS S.

By: Richard Fardon (Editor), Graham Furniss (Editor)

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Published: 25th November 1993
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When compared to the European standard of one nation, one language, Africa's 2,000 indigenous languages--not to mention its languages of colonial provenance, Arabic and numerous locally developed pidgins and creoles--would seem to pose insuperable problems of economic and political organization. The contributors to this volume, both African and European, examine the political consequences of multilingual societies which choose to develop certain languages over others.
Working from the perspectives of anthropology and language planning, the contributors argue that the terms of the language development debate are biased because they borrow from inappropriate European models of nationhood. In their exploration of such issues as government language planning and the effects of planning on communities, the contributors offer an insightful, interdisciplinary examination of the African language experience.

"This volume is a path-breaking and much needed contribution to the study of the politics of language in modern Africa. Not only does it fill a critical gap in Africanist scholarship, its theoretically sophisticated and ethnographically rich essays directly engage some of the most pressing issues within both contemporary sociolinguistic theory and current debates about discourse of "development." -"Anthropological Linguistics

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
West Africap. 31
Pride and Prejudice in Multilingualism and Developmentp. 33
Official and Unofficial Attitudes and Policy towards Krio as the Main Lingua Franca in Sierra Leonep. 44
The Politics of Language in BĂ©ninp. 55
Referencep. 61
Minority Language Development in Nigeriap. 62
Using Existing Structuresp. 76
Central and Southern Africap. 85
The Language Situation and Language Use in Mozambiquep. 89
Language and the Struggle for Racial Equality in the Development of a Non-Racial Southern African Nationp. 97
Dismantling the Tower of Babelp. 111
Healthy Production and Reproductionp. 122
Minority Language, Ethnicity and the State in Two African Situationsp. 142
Notesp. 181
Referencesp. 184
East Africap. 189
Loanwords in Oromo and Rendille as a Mirror of Past Inter-Ethnic Relationsp. 191
The Metaphors of Development and Modernization in Tanzanian Language Policy and Researchp. 213
Referencesp. 225
Language, Government and the Play on Purity and Impurityp. 227
Referencesp. 245
Name Indexp. 246
Subject Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780415094764
ISBN-10: 0415094763
Series: EIDOS S.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 25th November 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1