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African Youth Languages

New Media, Performing Arts and Sociolinguistic Development

Editors: Hurst, Ellen, Kanana Erastus, Fridah (Eds.)

  • Builds on a rapidly growing literature on African Urban Youth Languages to show that performing arts, creative arts and media are sites of sociolinguistic development
    Considers use of social media including Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp by young people across the continent from countries as far afield as Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe
    Explores current research into print media, television, and linguistic landscapes in Africa’s intersected urban centres
    Examines urban youth languages in the creative arts, particularly popular forms of music and poetry such as performance poetry and hip hop/ rap, as well as film

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About this book

This book showcases current research on language in new media, the performing arts and music in Africa, emphasising the role that youth play in language change and development. The authors demonstrate how the efforts of young people to throw off old colonial languages and create new local ones has become a site of language creativity. Analysing the language of ‘new media’, including social media, print media and new media technologies, and of creative arts such as performance poetry, hip-hop and rap, they use empirical research from such diverse countries as Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya, the Ivory Coast and South Africa. This original edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of African sociolinguistics, particularly in the light of the rapidly changing globalized context in which we live. 

About the authors

Ellen Hurst-Harosh is Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Education Development Unit at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has been an active researcher in the field of urban youth language since 2005, focusing in particular on the South African phenomenon ‘tsotsitaal’. 

Fridah Kanana Erastus is Senior Lecturer at the Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, Kenya. Her research interests lie in dialectology, language use and multilingualism, language contact, African urban and youth languages, and English language pedagogy. She has published widely on these topics. From 2013, she has been a Project Leader for the Commonwealth of Learning funded Projects on “Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) in Kenya and East Africa.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • An Overview of African Youth Language Practices and Their Use in Social Media, Advertising and Creative Arts

    Hurst-Harosh, Ellen (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Functions of Urban and Youth Language in the New Media: The Case of Sheng in Kenya

    Kanana Erastus, Fridah (et al.)

    Pages 15-52

  • View on the Updating of Nouchi Lexicon and Expressions

    Boutin, Akissi Béatrice (et al.)

    Pages 53-73

  • Social Media as an Extension of, and Negotiation Space for, a Community of Practice: A Comparison of Nouchi and Tsotsitaal

    Kouassi, Roland Raoul (et al.)

    Pages 75-101

  • The Use of Addressing Terms in Social Media: The Case of Cameroonian Youth Practices

    Ebongue, Augustin Emmanuel

    Pages 103-122

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-64562-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-64561-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
African Youth Languages
Book Subtitle
New Media, Performing Arts and Sociolinguistic Development
Editors
  • Ellen Hurst
  • Fridah Kanana Erastus
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64562-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64562-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64561-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 255
Topics