Language And National Identity In Africa by Andrew Simpson

Language And National Identity In Africa

EditorAndrew Simpson

Paperback | February 7, 2008

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This book focuses on language, culture, and national identity in Africa. Leading specialists examine countries in every part of the continent - Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanbia, South Africa, and thenations of the Horn, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. Each chapter describes and examines the country's linguistic and political history and the relation of its languages to national, ethnic, and cultural identities, and assesses the relative status of majority and minority languages andthe role of language in ethnic conflict. Of the book's authors, fifteen are from Africa and seven from Europe and the USA. Jargon-free, fully referenced, and illustrated with seventeen maps, this book will be of value to a wide range of readers in linguistics, politics, history, sociology, and anthropology. It will interest everyone wishing to understand the dynamic interactions between language and politics in Africa,in the past and now.

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Andrew Simpson is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics, University of Southern California. He has studied and travelled extensively in Africa, and is particularly interested in the dynamics of post-colonial language development in West Africa. He is the editor of the Language and National Identity in Asia (OUP 200...

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Title:Language And National Identity In AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.87 inPublished:February 7, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199286752

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Notes on Contributors1. Andrew Simpson: Introduction2. Yasir Suleiman: Egypt: From Egyptian to Pan-Arab Nationalism3. Moha Ennaji and Fatima Sadiqi: Morocco: Language, Nationalism, and Gender4. Wendy James: Sudan: Majorities, Minorities, and Language Interactions5. Fiona McLaughlin: Senegal: The Emergence of a National Lingua Franca6. Ingse Skattum: Mali: in Defence of Cultural and Linguistic Pluralism7. B. Akintunde Oyetade and Victor Fashole Luke: Sierra Leone: Krio and the Quest for National Integration8. Akosua Anyidoho and M.E. Kropp Dakubu: Ghana: Indigenous Languages, English, and an Emergine National Identity9. Anne Moseng Knutsen: Ivory Coast: the Supremacy of French10. Andrew Simpson and B. Akintunde Oyetade: Nigeria: Ethno-Linguistic Competition in the Giant of Africa11. Edmond Biloa and George Echu: Cameroon: Official Bilingualism in a Multilingual State12. Eyamba Bokamba: D.R. Congo: Language and 'Authentic Nationalism'13. Chege Githiora: Kenya: Language and the Search for a Coherent National Identity14. Farouk Topan: Tanzania: the Successful Development of Swahili as a National and Official Language15. David Appleyard and Martin Orwin: The Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia16. Lutz Marten and Nancy C. Kula: Zambia: 'One Zambia, One Nation, Many Languages'17. Rajend Mesthrie: South Africa: the Rocky Road to Nation BuildingReferences