Call for Chapters: English in Africa: Issues in Contact Linguistics

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Rotimi Taiwo and Akinmade Akande
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English in Africa: Issues in Contact Linguistics

Editors: Akinmade Akande (Ph.D) & Rotimi Taiwo (Ph.D)
Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

The history of English in Africa can be traced to the establishment of trading posts in parts of the continent in the 17th century. Much later, missionary activities and colonialism came in the 19th century with the return of African slaves to Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 19th century. English has been in Africa for nearly 400 years. Today in Anglophone Africa, English is being used for many purposes in 22 sub-Saharan African countries (including as a lingua franca between speakers of different indigenous languages). Its usage reflects all manners of local and regional influences. It is also taught as a second language in francophone countries. The usage is side by side with many highly codified indigenous African languages.
Over the years of its existence, the language has been indigenized in order to fulfill the people's quest for cultural expression and national identity. In addition, there have also emerged hybrid varieties of English and the local languages. The situation is such that some English expressions have become permanent features of most bilingual Africans. In addition, African writers have found it necessary to adapt and indigenize certain aspects of the language, including both the lexicon and narrative style.
This publication is aimed at examining the different aspects of language practices in post-colonial multilingual Anglophone Africa. These include (but are not limited) to the following:

• Borrowing
• Pidginization, Creolization and mixed languages
• Code-switching/Code-mixing
• Interference
• Linguistic Hegemony
• Syntactic Features of Contact Varieties of English
• The Phonology of Contact Englishes
• English Usage in Popular Culture
• Language Contact in African Music
• Theoretical Issues in Contact Linguistics
• Methodological Issues and Data Procedures in Contact Linguistics

Submission Procedure: Sociolinguistics researchers, scholars and professionals are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2011, a chapter proposal of not more than 2 pages, clearly stating the purpose of the chapter and its contents. A proposal should contain the following information:
(a) Title of chapter
(b) Name of authors(s)
(c) E-mail address and affiliation
(d) Specific details on area to be covered

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Formats. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 30, 2011. Upon acceptance of their proposals, authors will have until August 30, 2011 to prepare their chapters of 5,000-7,000 words. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Guidelines for preparing chapters will be sent upon acceptance of proposals. Authors will be notified about acceptance/rejection of chapters on November 30, 2011. The editors are discussing with Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Berne, Switzerland on the possibility of publishing the book.

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