Sociolinguistics in African Contexts

Perspectives and Challenges

  • Augustin Emmanuel Ebongue
  • Ellen Hurst

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ideologies

  3. Practices

  4. Augustin Emmanuel Ebongue, Ellen Hurst
    Pages E1-E2

About this book


This volume offers a new perspective on sociolinguistics in Africa. Eschewing the traditional approach which looks at the interaction between European and African languages in the wake of colonialism, this book turns its focus to the social dynamics of African languages and African societies. Divided into two sections, the book offers insight into the crucial topics such as: language vitality and endangerment, the birth of ‘new languages’, a sociolinguistics of the city, language contact and language politics. It spans the continent from Algeria to South Africa, Guinea-Bissau to Kenya and addresses the following broad themes: 

Language variation, contact and change
The dynamics of urban, rural and youth languages
Policy and practice

This book provides an alternative to the Eurocentric view of sociolinguistic dynamics in Africa, and will make an ideal read or supplemental textbook for scholars and students in the field/disciplines of African languages and linguistics, and those interested in southern theory or ‘sociolinguistics in the margins’.


African languages Kirundi slang Kom language Language practice and policy Rural dichotomies and youth language Southern theory family language practices in a multilingual environment language diversity in Cameroon language, culture and identity in the Maghreb post-colonial language eduation policies in Sub-Saharan Africa revaluation of national and regional languages urban plurilingualism in Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Augustin Emmanuel Ebongue
    • 1
  • Ellen Hurst
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of FrenchUniversity of BueaBueaCameroon
  2. 2.Humanities Education Development UnitUniversity of Cape TownRondebosch, Cape TownSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49609-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49611-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-3208
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-3216
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