The power of Babel : language & governance in the African experience

Ali A. & Alamin M. Mazrui

Tackling the contentious question of African languages versus European languages, this study argues that the dominance of the incoming languages is due to two factors: originally the societies were not expansionist enough, and later the peoples of Africa failed to be nationalist enough. ALI A. MAZRUI is Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton and Senior Scholar in African Studies at Cornell University North America: Chicago U Press; Uganda: Fountain Publishers; Kenya: EAEP

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Linguists estimate that there are nearly 2000 languages in Africa, a figure that is belied by the relatively few national languages. This book studies the complex linguistic constellations of Africa, examining the "triple heritage" of African culture, in which indigenous, Islamic and Western traditions compete for influence. In bringing the idea of the triple heritage to language, the authors unravel issues of power, culture and modernity as they are embedded in African linguistic life. The first section of the book takes a global perspective, exploring such issues as the Eurocentrism of much linguistic scholarship on Africa; part two takes an African perspective on a variety of issues from the linguistically disadvantaged position of women in Africa to the relation of language policy and democratic development; and the third section presents a set of regional studies, which centre on the Swahili language's exemplification of the triple heritage.

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  • Part 1 Global Africa: language an drace in the black experience - an African perspective
  • African languages in the African-American experience
  • linguistic Eurocentrism and African counterpenetration - Ali Mazuri and the global frontiers of language
  • language and the quest for liberation - the legacy of Fritz Fanon. Part 2 Continental Africa: language in a multicultural context - the African experience
  • language planning and gender planning
  • language policy and the foundations of democracy - an African perspective
  • language policy and the rule of law in "Anglophone Africa". Part 3 Regional case studies: dominant languages in a plural society - English and Kiswahili in post-colonial East Africa
  • a tale of two Englishes - the imperial language in post-colonial Kenya and Uganda
  • roots of Kiswahili - colonialism, nationalism, and the oral heritage
  • the secularization of an Afro-Islamic language. Concluson: the linguistic balance sheet - post-Cold War, post-apartheid and beyond structural adjustment.

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書名 The power of Babel : language & governance in the African experience
著作者等 Mazrui, Al-Amin M.
Mazrui, Ali AlʾAmin
Mazrui Alamin M.
Mazrui Ali A.
出版元 J. Currey
刊行年月 1998
ページ数 xii, 228 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0226514285
NCID BA3689013X
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス