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Colonial and Decolonial Linguistics: Knowledges and Epistemes

Ana Deumert, Anne Storch, and Nick Shepherd


The discipline of linguistics in general, and the field of African linguistics in particular, appear to be facing a paradigm shift. There is a strong movement away from established methodologies and theoretical approaches, especially structural linguistics and generativism, and a broad move towards critical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology. These developments have encouraged a greater awareness and careful discussion of basic problems of data production in linguistics, as well as the role played by the ideologies of researchers. The volume invites a critical engagemen ... More

Keywords: colonial linguistics, decolonial linguistics, history of linguistics, southern theory, critical linguistics, metalinguistics, colonialism, coloniality, African languages

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793205
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ana Deumert, editor
Professor, School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town

Anne Storch, editor
Professor, Institut für Afrikanistik und Ägyptologie, University of Cologne

Nick Shepherd, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Aarhus University

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1 Introduction

Ana Deumert and Anne Storch

2 Northern perspectives on language and society in India

Sonal Kulkarni-Joshi and S. Imtiaz Hasnain

7 War and grammar

Anette Hoffmann

17 Colonial creep

Christopher Stroud

Part V Conclusion: On Decoloniality

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