The Oxford Handbook of African Languages

The Oxford Handbook of African Languages PDF Author: Rainer Vossen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191007382
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 1056

Book Description
This book provides a comprehensive overview of current research in African languages, drawing on insights from anthropological linguistics, typology, historical and comparative linguistics, and sociolinguistics. Africa is believed to host at least one third of the world's languages, usually classified into four phyla - Niger-Congo, Afro-Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan, and Khoisan - which are then subdivided into further families and subgroupings. This volume explores all aspects of research in the field, beginning with chapters that cover the major domains of grammar and comparative approaches. Later parts provide overviews of the phyla and subfamilies, alongside grammatical sketches of eighteen representative African languages of diverse genetic affiliation. The volume additionally explores multiple other topics relating to African languages and linguistics, with a particular focus on extralinguistic issues: language, cognition, and culture, including colour terminology and conversation analysis; language and society, including language contact and endangerment; language and history; and language and orature. This wide-ranging handbook will be a valuable reference for scholars and students in all areas of African linguistics and anthropology, and for anyone interested in descriptive, documentary, typological, and comparative linguistics.

The Oxford Handbook of African Languages

The Oxford Handbook of African Languages PDF Author: Rainer Vossen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199609896
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 1056

Book Description
This book provides a comprehensive overview of current research in African languages, drawing on insights from anthropological linguistics, typology, historical and comparative linguistics, and sociolinguistics. It covers a wide range of topics, from grammatical sketches of individual languages to sociocultural and extralinguistic issues.

The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody

The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody PDF Author: Carlos Gussenhoven
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198832230
Category : Computers
Languages : en
Pages : 960

Book Description
This handbook presents detailed accounts of current research in all aspects of language prosody, written by leading experts from different disciplines. The volume's comprehensive coverage and multidisciplinary approach will make it an invaluable resource for all researchers, students, and practitioners interested in prosody.

The Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages

The Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages PDF Author: Kenneth L. Rehg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190877049
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 776

Book Description
The endangered languages crisis is widely acknowledged among scholars who deal with languages and indigenous peoples as one of the most pressing problems facing humanity, posing moral, practical, and scientific issues of enormous proportions. Simply put, no area of the world is immune from language endangerment. The Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages, in 39 chapters, provides a comprehensive overview of the efforts that are being undertaken to deal with this crisis. A comprehensive reference reflecting the breadth of the field, the Handbook presents in detail both the range of thinking about language endangerment and the variety of responses to it, and broadens understanding of language endangerment, language documentation, and language revitalization, encouraging further research. The Handbook is organized into five parts. Part 1, Endangered Languages, addresses the fundamental issues that are essential to understanding the nature of the endangered languages crisis. Part 2, Language Documentation, provides an overview of the issues and activities of concern to linguists and others in their efforts to record and document endangered languages. Part 3, Language Revitalization, includes approaches, practices, and strategies for revitalizing endangered and sleeping ("dormant") languages. Part 4, Endangered Languages and Biocultural Diversity, extends the discussion of language endangerment beyond its conventional boundaries to consider the interrelationship of language, culture, and environment, and the common forces that now threaten the sustainability of their diversity. Part 5, Looking to the Future, addresses a variety of topics that are certain to be of consequence in future efforts to document and revitalize endangered languages.

The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics

The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics PDF Author: Ruslan Mitkov
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199573697
Category :
Languages : en
Pages : 1392

Book Description
This second edition of The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics has been updated and revised throughout, with 17 new chapters included on key recent topics in the field. It will be an essential reference for researchers and students in computational linguistics and Natural Language Processing as well as those working in related industries.

The Oxford Handbook of Language and Race

The Oxford Handbook of Language and Race PDF Author: H. Samy Alim
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190846011
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 600

Book Description
Over the past two decades, the fields of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics have complicated traditional understandings of the relationship between language and identity. But while research traditions that explore the linguistic complexities of gender and sexuality have long been established, the study of race as a linguistic issue has only emerged recently. The Oxford Handbook of Language and Race positions issues of race as central to language-based scholarship. In twenty-one chapters divided into four sections-Foundations and Formations; Coloniality and Migration; Embodiment and Intersectionality; and Racism and Representations-authors at the forefront of this rapidly expanding field present state-of-the-art research and establish future directions of research. Covering a range of sites from around the world, the handbook offers theoretical, reflexive takes on language and race, the larger histories and systems that influence these concepts, the bodies that enact and experience them, and the expressions and outcomes that emerge as a result. As the study of language and race continues to take on a growing importance across anthropology, communication studies, cultural studies, education, linguistics, literature, psychology, ethnic studies, sociology, and the academy as a whole, this volume represents a timely, much-needed effort to focus these fields on both the central role that language plays in racialization and on the enduring relevance of race and racism.

The Oxford Handbook of the African Sahel

The Oxford Handbook of the African Sahel PDF Author: Dean of the International Center and Professor of Political Science and African Studies Leonardo A Villalón
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198816952
Category : Political Science
Languages : en
Pages : 832

Book Description
This Handbook provides a multidimensional and interdisciplinary assessment of the West African Sahel region in all of its complexity.

The Oxford Handbook of Taboo Words and Language

The Oxford Handbook of Taboo Words and Language PDF Author: Keith Allan
Publisher: Oxford Handbooks
ISBN: 0198808194
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 480

Book Description
This volume brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines to define and describe tabooed words and language and to investigate the reasons and beliefs behind them. In general, taboo is defined as a proscription of behaviour for a specific community, time, and context. In terms of language, taboo applies to instances of language behaviour: the use of certain words in certain contexts. The existence of linguistic taboos and their management lead to the censoring of behaviour and, as a consequence, to language change and development. Chapters in this volume explore the multiple types of tabooed language from a variety of perspectives, such as sociolinguistics, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, historical linguistics, and neurolinguistics, and with reference to fields such as law, publishing, politics, and advertising. Topics covered include impoliteness, swearing, censorship, taboo in deaf communities, translation of tabooed words, and the use of taboo in banter and comedy.