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Tracing Language Movement in Africa

Ericka A. Albaugh and Kathryn M. de Luna


For both scholars and the informed layman, the great diversity of ethnicities and languages in Africa invites notions of Africa as a fragmented place. Our language maps perpetuate the image by drawing discrete language groups. In fact, most people can communicate with most others within and across their state boundaries. Many disciplines look carefully at language movement and change on the continent, but seldom do they engage with each other. This book gathers eighteen scholars to do just that, offering insights from history, archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, political science, and phil ... More

Keywords: Africa, language, linguistics, multilingualism, creole, political science, history, anthropology, archaeology, philosophy

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190657543
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190657543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ericka A. Albaugh, editor
Professor Political Science, Bowdoin College

Kathryn M. de Luna, editor
Professor of History, Georgetown University

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Chapter 3 The Ethnologue and L2 Mapping

Kenneth S. Olson and M. Paul Lewis

Chapter 11 Scales and Units

Kathryn M. de Luna

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