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Language Decline and Death in Africa : Causes, Consequences and Challenges

Author: Herman M Batibo
Publisher: Blue Ridge Summit, PA : Multilingual Matters, [2005] ©2005
Series: Multilingual Matters
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The aim of this book is to inform both scholars and the public about the nature and extent of the problem of language decline and death in Africa.  It resourcefully traces the main causes and circumstances of language endangerment, the processes and extent of language shift and death, and the consequences of language loss to the continent’s rich linguistic and cultural heritage.  The book outlines some of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Herman M Batibo
ISBN: 9781853598104 1853598100
OCLC Number: 1083589841
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Map 1. The Language Families of Africa --
Map 2. The Countries and Territories of Africa --
Chapter 1: The Languages of Africa --
Chapter 2: Patterns of Language Use in Africa --
Chapter 3: African Languages as a Resource --
Chapter 4: The Minority Languages of Africa --
Chapter 5: The Endangered Languages of Africa --
Chapter 6: Language Shift and Death in Africa --
Chapter 7: Language Maintenance in Africa --
Chapter 8: Language Empowerment Measures --
References --
Appendix 1: Nationally and Areally Dominant Languages of Africa, by Country --
Appendix 2: Highly Endangered and Extinct or Nearly Extinct Languages of Africa, by Country --
Appendix 3: Number of Dominant and Minority Languages of Africa, by Country --
Index
Series Title: Multilingual Matters
Responsibility: Herman M. Batibo.
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The aim of this book is to inform both scholars and the public about the nature and extent of the problem of language decline and death in Africa.  It resourcefully traces the main causes and circumstances of language endangerment, the processes and extent of language shift and death, and the consequences of language loss to the continent’s rich linguistic and cultural heritage.  The book outlines some of the challenges that have emerged out of the situation.

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