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This book focuses on the languages and linguistics of Africa. Covering the major themes that are dealt with in university courses, and making extensive use of linguistic symbols and diagrams, this is an essential text for undergraduate and postgraduate linguistics students in South Africa and Africa as a whole, as well as for students of African studies worldwide. Its topics include general descriptions of African languages, the nature of languages in contact and in competition, language in education, and the need for governmental intervention in linguistic issues.
"Editors Vic Webb and Kembo-Sure offer what looks like a new approach from inside Africa, involving a collaboration of southern and east African authors. This.. is a welcome and timely reminder that linguists cannot stand idly by when their profession can provide insights into political and social issues and can contribute to policy solutions." - Robin Thelwall and Helma Pasch, THES.