African Youth Languages

New Media, Performing Arts and Sociolinguistic Development
by Fridah Kanana Erastus & Ellen Hurst-Harosh
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Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Publication Date: March 15, 2018

ISBN: 9783319645629

Binding: Kobo eBook

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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.