The need of the national language Setswana to participate actively in society, politics and democratisation as both national language and lingua franca of Botswana, has caused language domination and suffocation on the part of the 25 or so minority languages. As a result, these languages are now going through a process of language shift and death. Consequently, their cultures, too, suffer great losses in order to keep pace with the mainstream society.
The aim of the book is threefold: (a) to inform the large public, both local and international, about the sociolinguistic and related issues regarding the minority languages of Botswana, (b) to provide facts about the state and future trends of the minority languages in order to sensitise the public and the relevant authorities about the issues involved, and (c) to present ideas and insights in order to stimulate academic debates on the minority languages.
Linguists from Botswana as well as from Europe and U.S.A. present their latest field research findings to shed light on the present situation of the minority languages.
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2000. XXIII, 292 pp., num. fig.
Contents: Segakweng Tsiane: Foreword – Bernd Heine: Preface – Herman M. Batibo/Birgit Smieja: Introduction – Tore Janson:
The History of the Minority-Language Speakers in Botswana – Sue Hasselbring: Where are the Khoesan of Botswana? – Birgit Smieja/Herman
M. Batibo: Language Shift Tendencies of Minority-Language Users in Botswana: Fashion or Rule? – Stephen T.M. Lukusa: The Shekgalagadi
Struggle for Survival: Aspects of Language Maintenance and Shift – Andy Chebanne/Moemedi Nthapelelang: The Socio-linguistic
Survey of the Eastern Khoe in the Boteti and Makgadikgadi Pans Areas of Botswana – Herman M. Batibo/Naledi Mosaka: Linguistic
Barriers as a Hindrance to Information Flow: The Case of Botswana – Joyce T. Mathangwane/Birgit Smieja: Future Trends in the
Botswana Media: The Destiny of Minority Languages – Gabriele Sommer/Rainer Vossen: Language Gain and Language Loss: The Spread
of Setswana in Ngamiland – Birgit Smieja: Code-switching in Botswana: Exception or Rule? – Annah Molosiwa: Deculturalisation
and Language Shift among the Otjiherero-Mbanderu Speakers of Tshabong – Hessel Visser: Language and Cultural Empowerment of
the Khoesan People: The Naro Experience – Lydia Nyati-Ramahobo: Linguistic and Cultural Domination: The Case of the Wayeyi
of Botswana – Megan Biesele/Robert K. Hitchcock: Ju|’hoan-Language Education in Namibia and its Relevance for Minority-Language
Education in Botswana – Christopher Stroud: An Applied Linguistics Approach to the Politics of Language Revitalisation.