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Zulu Bird Names And Bird Lore (Paperback): Adrian Koopman Zulu Bird Names And Bird Lore (Paperback)
Adrian Koopman
R560 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R105 (19%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this book, Adrian Koopman describes the complex relationship between birds, the Zulu language and Zulu culture. A number of chapters look at the underlying meaning of bird names, and here we will find that the Zulu name of the Goliath Heron means ‘what gives birth to baby crocodiles’, the dikkop (umbangaqhwa) means ‘what causes frost’, and the African Hoopoe is a party-goer who wears a colourful blanket.

The book goes further than just Zulu names, exploring the underlying meanings of bird names from other South African languages and languages from Central and East Africa. Here we find birds with names that translate as ‘cool-porridge’, ‘kiss-banana-flower’ and ‘waiter-at-the-end-of-the furrow’.

A focus on Zulu traditional oral literature details the roles birds have played in Zulu praise poetry (including the praise poems of certain birds themselves) and in proverbs, riddles and children’s games. Also considered is traditional bird lore, examining the role played by various species as omens and portents, as indicators of bad luck and evil, as forecasters of rain and storm, and as harbingers of the seasons. Here we see that the Bateleur Eagle (ingqungqulu) is linked to war, the Southern Ground Hornbill (insingizi) to thunder and heavy rain, the Red-chested Cuckoo (uphezukokhono) to the start of the ploughing season, and the Jacobin Cuckoo (inkanku) to the start of summer.

Zulu Bird Names and Bird Lore discusses the Zulu Bird Name Project, a series of Zulu bird name workshops held between 2013 and 2017 with Zulu-speaking bird guides designed to confirm (or otherwise) all previously recorded Zulu names for birds, while at the same time devising new names for those without previously recorded names. The result has been a list of species-specific names for all birds in the Zulu-speaking region. Finally, the book turns to the role such new bird names can play in conservation education and in avi-tourism.

Wat Praat Jy! - Afrikaanse Idiome, Gesegdes En Vaste Uitdrukkings Met Verklarings (Afrikaans, Paperback, Revised Edition):... Wat Praat Jy! - Afrikaanse Idiome, Gesegdes En Vaste Uitdrukkings Met Verklarings (Afrikaans, Paperback, Revised Edition)
Johanna De Wet
R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wat Praat Jy! bevat meer as 20 000 Afrikaanse gesegdes, vaste uitdrukkings en idiome. Hierdie vaste uitdrukkings, gesegdes en idiome word met 'n eenvoudige voorbeeldsin verklaar. Dit word verder toegelig deur aan te dui van watter taal die uitdrukking of woord afkomstig is.

C.J. Langenhoven het 'n groot bydrae tot die Afrikaanse kultuurskat gemaak en De Wet toon ook aan wanneer 'n uitdrukking van hom afkomstig is. Heelwat spreekwoorde is afkomstig van die Bybel. Wat Praat Jy! is 'n besondere naslaanwerk. Johanna de Wet het na haar aftrede as onderwyseres in 1996 'n doktorsgraad in die psigo-pedagogiek behaal.

Haar belangstelling in die Afrikaanse taal en geskiedenis het gelei tot die samestelling van 'n aantal boeke, waaronder die kinder-trilogie Dierestories, Heldestories en Afrikastories en Hoopstad se mense onthou met waardevolle herinneringe aan die geskiedenis en karakters van die dorp. Sy woon steeds op Hoopstad waar sy haar aan haar skryfwerk wy.

Emigres - French Words That Turned English (Hardcover): Richard Scholar Emigres - French Words That Turned English (Hardcover)
Richard Scholar
R689 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R149 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The fascinating history of French words that have entered the English language and the fertile but fraught relationship between English- and French-speaking cultures across the world. English has borrowed more words from French than from any other modern foreign language. French words and phrases-such as a la mode, ennui, naivete and caprice-lend English a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that would otherwise elude the language. Richard Scholar examines the continuing history of untranslated French words in English and asks what these words reveal about the fertile but fraught relationship that England and France have long shared and that now entangles English- and French-speaking cultures all over the world. Emigres demonstrates that French borrowings have, over the centuries, "turned" English in more ways than one. From the seventeenth-century polymath John Evelyn's complaint that English lacks "words that do so fully express" the French ennui and naivete, to George W. Bush's purported claim that "the French don't have a word for entrepreneur," this unique history of English argues that French words have offered more than the mere seasoning of the occasional mot juste. They have established themselves as "creolizing keywords" that both connect English speakers to-and separate them from-French. Moving from the realms of opera to ice cream, the book shows how migrant French words are never the same again for having ventured abroad, and how they complete English by reminding us that it is fundamentally incomplete. At a moment of resurgent nationalism in the English-speaking world, Emigres invites native Anglophone readers to consider how much we owe the French language and why so many of us remain ambivalent about the migrants in our midst.

Iimbali Zamandulo - Stories of the Past (1838-1910) (Paperback): Jeff Opland, Peter Mtuze Iimbali Zamandulo - Stories of the Past (1838-1910) (Paperback)
Jeff Opland, Peter Mtuze
R390 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R68 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Iimbali Zamandulo - 'Stories of the Past'- is a selection of historical testimonies produced by Xhosa-speaking residents of the Eastern Cape between 1838 and 1910. These narratives offer fresh insights into the history of the Xhosa-speaking peoples, providing their own perspectives on their own past. The volume contains recollections reaching back to seventeenth-century dynastic disputes, to a period preceding the southward migrations in the early nineteenth century into territories settled by Xhosa-speaking peoples. It passes on through those migrations, the clashes and resettlement of peoples and of individuals, the contest for land throughout the century, and on to the struggle for social control and the assertion of cultural identity by the century's end. To a remarkable extent, we are lent intimate access here to the lives of ordinary people, seeking better pastures for themselves, their families and their livestock; hunting, fighting and, above all, confronting personal conflict in their choices between mission Christianity and ancestral beliefs; between support for their chiefs or the colonial authorities; between active or passive resistance to encroachment on their territory; and between colonial distortions purveyed in the schools and their receding grasp of their own sustaining histories.

Mainland Southeast Asian Languages - A Concise Typological Introduction (Paperback): N.J. Enfield Mainland Southeast Asian Languages - A Concise Typological Introduction (Paperback)
N.J. Enfield
R680 Discovery Miles 6 800 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This highly accessible introduction explores the core systems and subsystems of the languages of mainland Southeast Asia, applying the main concepts of language typology, phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, language variation, and language contact, to this diverse language area. Written by a leading expert in the languages of this region, N. J. Enfield draws upon nearly a thousand data examples from over a hundred languages from Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam to show the many ways in which these languages resemble each other, and differ from each other, in the context of what is known globally about the diversity of human language. The book highlights the diversity of the area's languages, with a special emphasis on the minority languages, which outnumber the national languages by nearly a hundred to one. The result is a welcome corrective to widespread beliefs about the nature of a 'typical' Southeast Asian language.

Ons leer Afrikaans (Afrikaans, Paperback): Marian Hattingh, Anastasia De Vries Ons leer Afrikaans (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Marian Hattingh, Anastasia De Vries
R135 R119 Discovery Miles 1 190 Save R16 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

This support text for the National Diploma in Adult Basic Education and Training examines the history of Afrikaans and the role it has in the multicultural environment of South Africa. It discusses how the language is used in contexts such as media, literature and popular culture.

Amagama Ezinyoni - Zulu Names of Birds (Paperback): Adrian Koopman, Roger Porter, Noleen Turner Amagama Ezinyoni - Zulu Names of Birds (Paperback)
Adrian Koopman, Roger Porter, Noleen Turner
R365 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R63 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Amagama Izinyoni: Zulu Names of Birds lists all the bird species found in KwaZulu-Natal and surrounds, gives the proposed standardised Zulu name for each species, and explains the underlying meaning and how the name came into being. All earlier names for these birds, even if no longer in current use, have been recorded here, making this a historical repository of Zulu bird names as well. This book is the result of the six-year Zulu Bird Name Project. Between 2013 and 2018, annual workshops, organised and facilitated by the three authors, brought together a total of eighteen mother-tongue Zulu-speaking bird experts to research the names of bird species present in the Zulu-speaking area of South Africa. At the start of the project, only approximately 40 per cent of the bird species of this area had species-specific Zulu names; by the end of the project all 550 species had unique names. The comprehensive introduction explains the methodology used in the Zulu bird name workshops, providing a template for linguists and ornithologists who might wish to do similar bird-naming exercises in the other African languages of southern Africa. The introduction also provides some linguistic and onomastic insights into bird naming generally and Zulu bird names in particular.

Metaphors in the Mind - Sources of Variation in Embodied Metaphor (Paperback): Jeannette Littlemore Metaphors in the Mind - Sources of Variation in Embodied Metaphor (Paperback)
Jeannette Littlemore
R662 Discovery Miles 6 620 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Abstract concepts are often embodied through metaphor. For example, we talk about moving through time in metaphorical terms, as if we were moving through space, allowing us to 'look back' on past events. Much of the work on embodied metaphor to date has assumed a single set of universal, shared bodily experiences that motivate our understanding of abstract concepts. This book explores sources of variation in people's experiences of embodied metaphor, including, for example, the shape and size of one's body, one's age, gender, state of mind, physical or linguistic impairments, personality, ideology, political stance, religious beliefs, and linguistic background. It focuses on the ways in which people's experiences of metaphor fluctuate over time within a single communicative event or across a lifetime. Combining theoretical argument with findings from new studies, Littlemore analyses sources of variation in embodied metaphor and provides a deeper understanding of the nature of embodied metaphor itself.

Complete Key for Schools Student's Book Without Answers with Online Workbook (Mixed media product, 2 Revised Edition):... Complete Key for Schools Student's Book Without Answers with Online Workbook (Mixed media product, 2 Revised Edition)
David McKeegan
R994 Discovery Miles 9 940 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Talking With Your Baby - Family as the First School Alice Sterling Honig and Holly (Paperback, 1st ed): Alice S. Honig Talking With Your Baby - Family as the First School Alice Sterling Honig and Holly (Paperback, 1st ed)
Alice S. Honig
R391 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With this new book Alice Honig addresses a neglected area in child development - how to help low literacy parents and parents for whom English is a second language enchance the literacy and cognitive development of their children in the home environment and through daily routines. In learning to choose appropriate songs and books for children, adults will feel comfortable with storytime long before their children begin to talk. Honig and coauthor Holly E. Brophy focus on language as a fundamental family activity. Through the use of songs and stories, the authors show how rich language interaction enhances an infant's feelings of love and security and how it helps toddlers and young children learn more about objects, rules, daily experiences and people. Rather than through more formal dialogue or an educational setting, ideas on how to talk to children are anchored to activities and comfortable personal chats between caregivers and child. With its emphasis on the roles both parents play in talking with babies during daily activities - such as diapering, bath time, feedings and walks - parents should find it an easily understood and valuable resource. In addition, the book reassures caregivers that, as children begin to experiment with language power, newly acquired behaviours are perfectly natural. For example, parents for whom disciplining their child is difficult, will learn to manage a child's new-found willfulness as well as the need to experiment with behaviour, even bad behaviour. The authors have included an entire section on discipline, which further illustrates ways to communicate effectively with children to improve cooperation. The book should be of interest to those in child development and psychology and literacy education, as well as a general manual for low-literacy parents.

History of English - A Resource Book for Students (Hardcover): Dan McIntyre History of English - A Resource Book for Students (Hardcover)
Dan McIntyre
R2,466 Discovery Miles 24 660 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

History of English provides students with the historical and contextual background to the study of English and answers the questions of why and how the English language has come to be written and spoken as it is today. This book provides a fresh perspective and innovative insight into an area that is often dealt with in a prosaic and dry manner. History of English: provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of English covers the origins of English, the change from Old to Middle English and the influence of other languages on English provides key reading from leading figures in the field such as Jean Aitchison, Dick Leith, Bruce Mitchell and David Graddol is accompanied by a supporting website. Structured to reflect the chronological development of the English language, History of English describes and explains the changes in the language over a span of 1500 years, covering all aspects from phonology and grammar, to the register and discourse. The book also considers international varieties of Englishes and the most recent developments in the history of English. Incorporating examples from a wide variety of texts History of English provides an interactive and structured textbook that will be essential reading for all students of English language and linguistics.

English Historical Linguistics - Approaches and Perspectives (Paperback): Laurel J. Brinton English Historical Linguistics - Approaches and Perspectives (Paperback)
Laurel J. Brinton
R992 Discovery Miles 9 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Written by an international team of leading scholars, this engaging textbook on the study of English historical linguistics is uniquely organized in terms of theoretical approaches and perspectives. Each chapter features textboxes, case studies, suggestions for further reading and exercises, enabling students to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and guiding them on undertaking further research. The case studies and exercises guide students in approaching and manipulating empirical data, providing them with hands-on experience of conducting linguistic research. An extensive variety of approaches, from traditional to contemporary, is treated, including generative approaches, historical sociolinguistic and pragmatic approaches, psycholinguistic perspectives, grammaticalization theory, and discourse-based approaches, as well as perspectives on standardization and language variation. Each chapter applies the concepts discussed to data from the history of English, and a glossary of key terms enables easy navigation and quick cross-referencing. An essential resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of the history of English linguistics.

The Handbook of Psycholinguistics (Paperback): Eva M. Fernandez, Helen Smith Cairns The Handbook of Psycholinguistics (Paperback)
Eva M. Fernandez, Helen Smith Cairns
R1,228 Discovery Miles 12 280 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Incorporating approaches from linguistics and psychology, The Handbook of Psycholinguistics explores language processing and language acquisition from an array of perspectives and features cutting edge research from cognitive science, neuroscience, and other related fields. The Handbook provides readers with a comprehensive review of the current state of the field, with an emphasis on research trends most likely to determine the shape of psycholinguistics in the years ahead. The chapters are organized into three parts, corresponding to the major areas of psycholinguists: production, comprehension, and acquisition. The collection of chapters, written by a team of international scholars, incorporates multilingual populations and neurolinguistic dimensions. Each of the three sections also features an overview chapter in which readers are introduced to the different theoretical perspectives guiding research in the area covered in that section. Timely, comprehensive, and authoritative, The Handbook of Psycholinguistics is a valuable addition to the reference shelves of researchers in psychology, linguistics, and cognitive science, as well as advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in how language works in the human mind and how language is acquired.

The Horse, the Wheel, and Language - How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World (Paperback): David... The Horse, the Wheel, and Language - How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World (Paperback)
David W. Anthony
R788 R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Save R212 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Roughly half the world's population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European. But who were the early speakers of this ancient mother tongue, and how did they manage to spread it around the globe? Until now their identity has remained a tantalizing mystery to linguists, archaeologists, and even Nazis seeking the roots of the Aryan race. "The Horse, the Wheel, and Language" lifts the veil that has long shrouded these original Indo-European speakers, and reveals how their domestication of horses and use of the wheel spread language and transformed civilization.

Linking prehistoric archaeological remains with the development of language, David Anthony identifies the prehistoric peoples of central Eurasia's steppe grasslands as the original speakers of Proto-Indo-European, and shows how their innovative use of the ox wagon, horseback riding, and the warrior's chariot turned the Eurasian steppes into a thriving transcontinental corridor of communication, commerce, and cultural exchange. He explains how they spread their traditions and gave rise to important advances in copper mining, warfare, and patron-client political institutions, thereby ushering in an era of vibrant social change. Anthony also describes his fascinating discovery of how the wear from bits on ancient horse teeth reveals the origins of horseback riding.

"The Horse, the Wheel, and Language" solves a puzzle that has vexed scholars for two centuries--the source of the Indo-European languages and English--and recovers a magnificent and influential civilization from the past.

The Lost Words Otter Puzzle (Jigsaw): Robert Macfarlane The Lost Words Otter Puzzle (Jigsaw)
Robert Macfarlane; Illustrated by Jackie Morris
R755 R643 Discovery Miles 6 430 Save R112 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Creole Debate (Paperback): John H. McWhorter The Creole Debate (Paperback)
John H. McWhorter
R529 R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Save R106 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Creoles have long been the subject of debate in linguistics, with many conflicting views, both on how they are formed, and what their political and linguistic status should be. Indeed, over the past twenty years, some creole specialists have argued that it has been wrong to think of creoles as anything but language blends in the same way that Yiddish is a blend of German and Hebrew and Slavic. Here, John H. McWhorter debunks the most widely accepted idea that creoles are created in the same way as 'children', taking characteristics from both 'parent' languages, and its underlying assumption that all historical and biological processes are the same. Instead, the facts support the original, and more interesting, argument that creoles are their own unique entity and are among the world's only genuinely new languages.

Bagels, Bumf, and Buses - A Day in the Life of the English Language (Hardcover): Simon Horobin Bagels, Bumf, and Buses - A Day in the Life of the English Language (Hardcover)
Simon Horobin
R533 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R160 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Where do our everyday words come from? The bagel you eat for breakfast, the bumf you have to wade through at the office, and the bus that takes you home again: we use these words without thinking about their origins or how their meanings have changed over time. Simon Horobin takes the reader on a journey through a typical day, showing how the words we use to describe routine activities - getting up, going to work, eating meals - have surprisingly fascinating histories.

Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas (Paperback, New): Judie Haynes, Debbie Zacarian Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas (Paperback, New)
Judie Haynes, Debbie Zacarian
R656 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R142 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Taking off from the ideas in our best-selling book, Getting Started with English Language Learners, here's a book that helps teachers in every subject area become expert teachers of English language learners (ELL). Using classroom scenarios that depict common challenges in elementary, middle, and high school content area classes, the authors describe the basics that every teacher needs to begin teaching both content and the English language, inlcuding:

Learning environments that provide ELLs with multiple opportunities to practice activities and connect learning to personal and cultural experiences.

Lesson plans that identify core ideas, tap students' background knowledge, and use visuals, think-alouds, and other ways to engage ELLs.

Small-group configurations that include ELLs in mainstream instruction by involving them in activities with their fellow students.

Psychology of Language - Theory and Applications (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Shelia Kennison Psychology of Language - Theory and Applications (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Shelia Kennison
R1,141 R1,080 Discovery Miles 10 800 Save R61 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This accessibly written and pedagogically rich text delivers the most comprehensive examination of its subject, carefully drawing on the most up-to-date research and covering a breadth of the central topics including communication, language acquisition, language processing, language disorders, speech, writing, and development. This book also examines an array of other progressive areas in the field neglected in similar works such as bilingualism, sign language as well as comparative communication. Based on her globally-orientated research and academic expertise, author Shelia Kennison innovatively applies psycholinguistics to real-world examples through analysing the hetergenous traits of a wide variety of languages. With its engaging easy-to-understand prose, this text guides students gently and sequentially through an introduction to the subject. The book is designed for undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in psycholinguistics.

Language Play (Paperback, Univ of Chicago PR ed.): David Crystal Language Play (Paperback, Univ of Chicago PR ed.)
David Crystal
R795 Discovery Miles 7 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this exhilarating and often hilarious book, David Crystal examines why we devote so much time and energy to language games, how professionals make a career of them, and how young children instinctively take to them. Crystal makes a simple argument-that since playing with language is so natural, a natural way to learn language is to play with it-while he discusses puns, crosswords, lipograms, comic alphabets, rhymes, funny voices taken from dialect and popular culture, limericks, anagrams, scat singing, and much more.

Five Words - Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes (Paperback): Roland Greene Five Words - Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes (Paperback)
Roland Greene
R585 Discovery Miles 5 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Blood. Invention. Language. Resistance. World. Five ordinary words that do a great deal of conceptual work in everyday life and literature. In this original experiment in critical semantics, Roland Greene considers how these words changed over the course of the sixteenth century and what their changes indicate about broader forces in science, politics, and other disciplines. Rather than analyzing works, careers, or histories, Greene discusses a broad swath of Renaissance and transatlantic literature--including Shakespeare, Cervantes, Camoes, and Milton--in terms of the development of these five words. Aiming to shift the conversation around Renaissance literature from current approaches to riskier enterprises, Greene also proposes new methods that take advantage of digital resources like full-text databases, but still depend on the interpreter to fashion ideas out of ordinary language. Five Words is an innovative and accessible book that points the field of literary studies in an exciting new direction.

Introducing Psycholinguistics (Paperback, New): Paul Warren Introducing Psycholinguistics (Paperback, New)
Paul Warren
R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How humans produce and understand language is clearly introduced in this textbook for students with only a basic knowledge of linguistics. With a logical, flexible structure Introducing Psycholinguistics steps through the central topics of production and comprehension of language and the interaction between them. Students will gain an understanding of the processes and representations involved in language use, aided by a comprehensive glossary, concepts defined in the margins and online flashcards that allow students to check their understanding of all the key terms and concepts of the subject. Examples and exercises throughout each topic reinforce understanding and encourage students to consider what language users might carry around in their heads as part of their linguistic knowledge, and how this stored knowledge relates to the structures and rules proposed by theoretical linguistics. Students will gain hands-on experience of experimental methods, with online demonstrations of techniques. This supports the theory within the book, reinforces a student's grasp of the concepts and allows the student to apply their understanding to the analysis of data.

The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingualism (Hardcover): Annick De Houwer, Lourdes Ortega The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingualism (Hardcover)
Annick De Houwer, Lourdes Ortega
R3,199 Discovery Miles 31 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The ability to speak two or more languages is a common human experience, whether for children born into bilingual families, young people enrolled in foreign language classes, or mature and older adults learning and using more than one language to meet life's needs and desires. This Handbook offers a developmentally oriented and socially contextualized survey of research into individual bilingualism, comprising the learning, use and, as the case may be, unlearning of two or more spoken and signed languages and language varieties. A wide range of topics is covered, from ideologies, policy, the law, and economics, to exposure and input, language education, measurement of bilingual abilities, attrition and forgetting, and giftedness in bilinguals. Also explored are cross- and intra-disciplinary connections with psychology, clinical linguistics, second language acquisition, education, cognitive science, neurolinguistics, contact linguistics, and sign language research.

The Power of Babel - Language in the African Experience (Paperback): Ali A. Mazrui, Mazrui Alamin M. The Power of Babel - Language in the African Experience (Paperback)
Ali A. Mazrui, Mazrui Alamin M.
R1,040 Discovery Miles 10 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Linguists estimate that there are currently nearly 2,000 languages in Africa, a staggering figure that is belied by the relatively few national languages. While African national politics, economics and law are all conducted primarily in the colonial languages, the cultural life of the majority of citizens is conducted in a bewildering babel of regional vernaculars and local dialects. In The Power of Babel, Ali Mazrui and Alamin Mazrui explore the cultural and political implications of this linguistic diversity, including the role of language in nationalism and expansionist policies, gender roles, and social theory, to provide one of the most comprehensive studies of the complex linguistic constellations of Africa.

The Power of Babel draws on Ali Mazrui's earlier work in its examination of the "triple heritage" of African culture, in which indigenous, Islamic, and Western traditions compete for influence. In bringing the idea of the triple heritage to language, the Mazruis unravel issues of power, culture, and modernity as they are embedded in African linguistic life. The first section of the book takes a global perspective, exploring such issues as the Eurocentrism of much linguistic scholarship on Africa; part two takes an African perspective on a variety of topics from the linguistically disadvantaged position of women in Africa to the relation of language policy and democratic development; the third section presents a set of regional studies, centering on the Swahili language's exemplification of the triple heritage. The Power of Babel unites empirical information with theories of nationalism and pluralism -- among others -- to consider the future of a linguistically pluralisticAfrica and to offer the richest contextual account of African languages to date.

Clues to Lower Mississippi Valley Histories - Language, Archaeology, and Ethnography (Paperback): David V. Kaufman Clues to Lower Mississippi Valley Histories - Language, Archaeology, and Ethnography (Paperback)
David V. Kaufman
R781 Discovery Miles 7 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title In Clues to Lower Mississippi Valley Histories David V. Kaufman offers a stunning relational analysis of social, cultural, and linguistic change in the Lower Mississippi Valley from 500 to 1700. He charts how linguistic evidence aids the understanding of earlier cultural and social patterns, traces the diaspora of indigenous peoples, and uncovers instances of human migration. Historical linguistics establishes evidence of contact between indigenous peoples in the linguistic record where other disciplinary approaches have obscured these connections. The Mississippi Valley is the heartland of early North American civilizations, a rich and diversified center of transportation for every part of eastern North America and to Mesoamerica. The Lower Mississippi Valley region emerged as the home of the earliest mound-building societies in the Americas and was home to some of the most impressive kingdoms encountered by Spanish and French explorers. The languages of the region provide the key to the realities experienced by these indigenous peoples, their histories, and their relationships. Clues to Lower Mississippi Valley Histories focuses on relationships that constitute what linguists call a sprachbund (language union), or language area. Kaufman illuminates and articulates these linguistic relationships through a skillful examination of archaeological and ethnohistorical data. Clues to Lower Mississippi Valley Histories examines the relationship between linguistics and archaeology to elucidate the early history of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

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