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English Language and Literature: Cross Cultural Currents

English Language and Literature: Cross Cultural Currents (Hardback)

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English Language and Literature: Cross Cultural Currents is a collection of essays that interrogate the precarious positions of English and African languages in an era in which English is increasingly becoming the dominant language in Africa while at the same time there is a growing resistance against it. Though many Africans take pride in their own cultural heritage that is expressed by their African languages, they require the economic and social benefits of English. The book presents a language dilemma in which both African languages and English enhance, inhibit, and influence each other. The data used by the authors spans a broad spectrum of sources including: fiction, courts, parliamentary Hansards, House of Chiefs, classrooms, internet, roads and bus ranks. Thus, it is reflective of the most and least educated, the most and least influential Africans. The presentations provide broad insights about African symbols, metaphors, imagery and folklores representing undocumented literature that challenge scientific imperialism and deficit theories.

The diversity and freshness of the ideas in the book stem from the unique blend of the background of the contributors: English language and literature teachers, teachers of African languages, educationalists, sociologists, historians and politicians. Thus the book is a valuable asset to scholars in linguistics, anthropology and language policy makers.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectListening skillsLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsHistorical & comparative linguistics Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/10/2008 ISBN-13: 9781847189523  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Bagwasi, Mompoloki Mmangaka is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Botswana. Her area of research is sociolinguistics. She has published a number of text books, book chapters and journal articles. Her articles are found in such journals as: Journal of Pragmatics, International Review of Educational Journal, Language Culture and Curriculum, Alternations, Botswana Notes and Records. In 2006, she co-edited The Study and Use of English in Africa published by Cambridge Scholars Press.

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