Gender and Language in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tradition, struggle and change

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  • Editors: Lilian Lem Atanga1, Sibonile Edith Ellece2, Lia Litosseliti3, and Jane Sunderland4
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027272300

<i>Gender and Language in Sub-Saharan Africa: Tradition, Struggle and Change</i> is the first book to bring together the topics of language and gender, African languages, and gender in African contexts, and it does so in a descriptive, explanatory and critical way. Including fascinating new work and new, often challenging data from Botswana, Chad, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, this collection looks at some ‘traditional’ uses of language in relation to the gender of its speakers and the gendered nature of the languages themselves; it also identifies and explores social change in terms of both gender and sexuality, as reflected in and constructed by language and discourse. The contributions to this volume are accessibly written and will be of interest to students and established academics working on African sociolinguistics and discourse, as well as those whose interest is language, gender and sexuality.

Subjects: Discourse studies; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Dschang, Cameroon; 2: University of Botswana; 3: City University London; 4: University of Lancaster

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