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


reviewed by Kathleen Kimpel 2006

coverTitle: Language Decline and Death in Africa: Causes, Consequences and Challenges
Author(s): Herman M. Batibo
Publisher: Multilingual Matters, Clevedon
ISBN: 1853598089, Pages: 174, Year: 2005
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Much of the current discourse on indigenous languages is situated squarely within the realm of the “endangered species” analogy. Herman Batibo’s tightly constructed exposition of this topic is no different. His cogent elaboration of what constitutes language endangerment, shift, and death will not surprise scholars of sociolinguistics; but it may startle those of us for whom language policy and its relationship to literacy remain the focus of our life’s work as educators. Batibo situates this concern less within the popular context of “globalization effects” and “English spread” but more forcefully among a broader range of complex issues dealing with language, identity, culture, and modernity in Africa. A Professor of African Linguistics at the University of Botswana, Batibo has been writing about his topic for over 25 years. His stated aim for this book is to inform scholars and the public about the nature and extent of the problems associated with... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1596-1600
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12213, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 5:52:34 AM

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  • Kathleen Kimpel
    University of Virginia
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    KATHLEEN KIMPEL is a doctoral candidate at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Her research topic concerns language policy in post-Colonial societies, specifically the implications of "medium of instruction" policies in South Africa.
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