Language and National Identity in Africa [NOOK Book]

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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 the nations 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...

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Language and National Identity in Africa

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Overview

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 the nations 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 and the 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191536816
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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 2007).

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction Andrew Simpson Simpson, Andrew 1

2 Egypt: From Egyptian to Pan-Arab Nationalism Yasir Suleiman Suleiman, Yasir 26

3 Morocco: Language, Nationalism, and Gender Moha Ennaji Ennaji, Moha Fatima Sadiqi Sadiqi, Fatima 44

4 Sudan: Majorities, Minorities, and Language Interactions Wendy James James, Wendy 61

5 Senegal: The Emergence of a National Lingua Franca Fiona McLaughlin McLaughlin, Fiona 79

6 Mali: In Defence of Cultural and Linguistic Pluralism Ingse Skattum Skattum, Ingse 98

7 Sierra Leone: Krio and the Quest for National Integration B. Akintunde Oyetade Oyetade, B. Akintunde Victor Fashole Luke Luke, Victor Fashole 122

8 Ghana: Indigenous Languages, English, and an Emerging National Identity Akosua Anyidoho Anyidoho, Akosua M. E. Kropp Dakubu Dakubu, M. E. Kropp 141

9 Ivory Coast: The Supremacy of French Anne Moseng Knutsen Knutsen, Anne Moseng 158

10 Nigeria: Ethno-linguistic Competition in the Giant of Africa Andrew Simpson Simpson, Andrew B. Akintunde Oyetade Oyetade, B. Akintunde 172

11 Cameroon: Official Bilingualism in a Multilingual Stare Edmond Biloa Biloa, Edmond George Echu Echu, George 199

12 D. R. Congo: Language and 'Authentic Nationalism' Eyamba G. Bokamba Bokamba, Eyamba G. 214

13 Kenya: Language and the Search for a Coherent National Identity Chege Githiora Githiora, Chege 235

14 Tanzania: The Development of Swahili as a National and Official Language Farouk Topan Topan, Farouk 252

15 The Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia David Appleyard Appleyard, David Martin Orwin Orwin, Martin 267

16 Zambia: 'One Zambia, One Nation, ManyLanguages' Lutz Marten Marten, Lutz Nancy C. Kula Kula, Nancy C. 291

17 South Africa: The Rocky Road to Nation Building Rajend Mesthrie Mesthrie, Rajend 314

References 339

Index 363

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