Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication

16 May 2017
Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication

PEN SA member Russell H Kaschula is a co-editor and member Ken Barris a contributor:

To date, there has been no published textbook which takes into account changing sociolinguistic dynamics that have influenced South African society. Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication breaks new ground in this arena. The scope of this book ranges from macro-sociolinguistic questions pertaining to language policies and their implementation (or non-implementation) to micro-sociolinguistic observations of actual language-use in verbal interaction, mainly in multilingual contexts of Higher Education (HE).

There is a gradual move for the study of language and culture to be taught in the context of (professional) disciplines in which they would be used, for example, Journalism and African languages, Education and African languages, etc. The book caters for this growing market. Because of its multilingual nature, it caters to English and Afrikaans language speakers, as well as the Sotho and Nguni language groups – the largest languages in South Africa [and also increasingly used in the context of South African Higher Education].

It brings together various inter-linked disciplines such as Sociolinguistics and Applied Language Studies, Media Studies and Journalism, History and Education, Social and Natural Sciences, Law, Human Language Technology, Music, Intercultural Communication and Literary Studies.

The unique cross-cutting disciplinary features of the book will make it a must-have for twenty-first century South African students and scholars and those interested in applied language issues.

About the editors

Russell H Kaschula is professor of African Language Studies and he holds a National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in the Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education at Rhodes University.

Pamela Maseko is an Associate Professor in African Language Studies at Rhodes University and holds a doctorate in the field of African Language Intellectualisation.

H Ekkehard Wolff is a world renowned sociolinguist based at the University of Leipzig and specialising in African sociolinguistics and was Visiting Professor at Rhodes University in 2014/15 under the DAAD Johann Gottfried Herder Programme.

Date of Publication:
June 2017
ISBN: 9781776140268
Publisher: Wits University Press