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Explorations into Language Use in Africa

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Augustin Simo Bobda

As the title suggests, this collection explores some of the many facets of the language question as experienced by Africans today. This language question in Africa involves, in one way or another, the various languages used on the continent, namely the exoglossics languages, the indigenous languages, and pidginised languages like Pidgin English. It has to do with status planning, but also the structural forms of the languages considered. It has been examined in a multitude of scientific publications and in different fora, including the 2004 LAUD symposium whose main theme was «Empowerment through language», of which this book is an emanation and an extension.
Contents: Augustin Simo Bobda: Introduction – Joshua A. Fishman: Leadership trajectories in the language planning process – René Dirven/Martin Pütz: Language conflict seen from the viewpoint of the rationalist and romantic models – Vic Webb: The sustainability of South Africa’s pluralist language policy – Kembo Sure: Promotion and sustenance of multilingualism: Partnership between the private sector and the government – Pius N. Tamanji: Globalization and African languages: Regression in linguistic diversity – Ngessimo M. Mutaka: Ecosystem of the Vute-Banyo area and language endangerment – Michel Kenmogne: Tone assignment on nominal forms in Bakoko – Douglas Pulleyblank: Yoruba vowel patterns: Asymmetries through phonological competition – Augustin Simo Bobda: Predictability of word stress in African English: Evidence from Nigerian English and Cameroon English – Paul Mbangwana: Discourse and self-validation as hallmarks of advertisement – Kasper Juffermans: Local emplacement and global identities in signboard and billboard literacies in urban Gambia – Lothar Peter/Hans-Georg Wolf: Compiling an exclusive dictionary of West African English: A report on work in progress.