Local Languaging, Literacy and Multilingualism in a West by Kasper Juffermans

By Kasper Juffermans

This ebook goals to augment and problem our figuring out of language and literacy as social perform opposed to the history of heightened globalisation. Juffermans offers an ethnographic learn of the linguistic panorama of The Gambia, arguing that language can be conceptualised as a verb (languaging) instead of a countable noun (a language, languages). He is going directly to argue that sociolinguistics shouldn't be outlined because the research of ‘who speaks what language to whom, and whilst and to what finish’ (as Fishman outlined it), yet because the learn of who makes use of which linguistic beneficial properties lower than specific situations in a specific position and time. The publication is hence partially an workout to unpluralise language, which Juffermans argues is critical for a extra lifelike realizing of what language is, what it does, and what humans do with it. The ebook can be of curiosity to sociolinguistics researchers, specifically these targeting Africa and the worldwide South.

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