Language and development in Africa [electronic resource] : perceptions, ideologies and challenges / H. Ekkehard Wolff
- Wolff, Ekkehard
- New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction: approach, questions and themes -- 1.1.What this book is about -- 1.2.Language and mainstream development discourse: `It's the languages, stupid!' -- 1.3.Language attitudes, ideological blinkers and scientific approaches -- 1.4.Language -- education -- development -- 1.5.Twenty themes to guide the reader -- 1.6.Perspectives -- 2.Background: Africa and the West -- a difficult relationship -- 2.1.Africa polarises: Westerners caught between attraction and repulsion -- 2.2.Do we really know more about Africa than our (great--) grandparents did? -- 2.3.Time and reason to rethink matters -- 2.4.Listening to Africans -- but how? -- 3.Perception: between ignorance, half--knowledge and distortion -- 3.1.Perception and reality -- 3.2.Superficial information, half-knowledge and ignorance -- 3.3.Eurocentrism and Orientalism -- 3.4.Paternalism: why the West constantly interferes in African affairs -- 4.De-marginalisation: the `cradle of humanity' and home of human language -- 4.1.Africa in global history -- 4.2.What is marginal: Africa or our knowledge about it? -- 4.3.We are all `Africans' -- 4.4.Explaining language history and diversity -- 4.5.Conclusion -- 5.Re-conceptualisation: the overdue linguistic turn in development discourse -- 5.1.The language question in academic and political discourse -- 5.2.African Renaissance without African languages? -- 5.3.European linguistic and cultural imperialism -- 5.4.To whom do African languages belong? -- 6.Challenges: linguistic plurality and diversity -- problem or resource? -- 6.1.Linguistic diversity and the latitudinal gradient -- 6.2.What does linguistic plurality mean in the African context? -- 6.3.African and other languages in Africa -- 6.4.African languages in official functions -- 6.5.The political and economic dimensions of linguistic plurality -- 6.6.African `mother tongues' and Africa's future -- 6.7.Languages and globalisation -- 6.8.Language as `barrier' and language as `facilitator' -- 6.9.Multi-tiered communication landscapes in Africa -- 6.10.The fundamental multidimensionality of language -- 6.11.A word on language change, death, birth and revitalisation -- 6.12.Multilingualism versus multiple semilingualism -- 6.13.Language and power in Africa -- 6.14.Chinese Whispers: breakdown of communication in North--South dialogue -- 7.Future: synopsis and options for language planning -- 7.1.The role of language in development communication -- 7.2.The final act of decolonisation: liberating the African languages -- 7.3.The options for sustainable language planning are on the table -- 7.4.Managing multilingualism: language planning is social planning -- 7.5.`Informed choices' versus `uninformed choices' -- 7.6.Overcoming underdevelopment and mass poverty in Africa via adequate language policies for education -- 8.Agenda: arguments and steps -- 8.1.Eight arguments in favour of substantial changes concerning language policies in education in Africa -- 8.2.Ten steps towards integrating indigenous languages into national education systems in Africa -- 9.Basic sociolinguistic facts: languages, dialects, numbers of speakers -- 9.1.Political and historical dimensions of language in Africa -- 9.2.Languages, dialects and dialect continua -- 9.3.Languages and their numbers of speakers -- 9.4.Africa's big languages -- 9.5.African language phyla and families -- Bibliography -- Cited works -- Introductory and further reading.
- 9781316105023 (electronic bk.), 1316105024 (electronic bk.), 9781316562581 (electronic bk.), and 1316562581 (electronic bk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment; 2016
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