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Language and Identities in a Postcolony

Southern African perspectives


Rosalie Finlayson and Sarah Slabbert

The book’s chapters address issues that are important not only in Southern Africa but also in other parts of the world. Although the focus and much of the data on language and identity are Southern African, most of the writers deal with their material in such a way as to locate it within theoretical debates and/or illuminate it with insights from related research in other parts of the world. The collection belongs to the constructivist paradigm and is one of the few works within this line of research. The issue of language and identity examines how language can become symbolic of the individual or group’s identity. This aspect of language is explored from a variety of angles exhibiting different methods of investigation, and this «smorgasbord» of methods provides ample inspiration for further studies in the field.
Contents: Edwin N. Wilmsen: Preface – Sarah Slabbert/Rosalie Finlayson: Introduction: Language and Identity – Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu: Language, Social History, and Identity: The coloured community of Wentworth, Durban – Juliet Thondhlana: Language and Identity in Zimbabwe – Nigel Crawhall: Too Good to Leave Behind: The N ǀ u language and the ǂKhomani people of Gordonia District – Ernst Kotzé/Theresa Biberauer: Language and Identity: The case of Afrikaans in the United Kingdom – Elizabeth de Kadt/Busayo Olamide Ige: Finding «Space» in South Africa: Constructing identity as a Nigerian – Neville Alexander: Linguistic Diversity, Harmonization and Sub-National Identities in Post-Apartheid South Africa – Andrew Chebanne: Language and Identity Across the Borders: The case of Setswana in Botswana and South Africa – Mbulungeni Madiba: Integration and National Identity in South Africa: A dilemma for linguistic minorities – Karen Calteaux: I am ... I said ... Language Planning for Identity.