African
African Youth Languages: New Media, Performing Arts and Sociolinguistic Development
African Youth Languages
New Media, Performing Arts and Sociolinguistic Development
Hardcover      ISBN: 3319645617

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.

Colloquial Afrikaans: The Complete Course for Beginners
Colloquial Afrikaans
The Complete Course for Beginners
Paperback      ISBN: 1138949833

Colloquial Afrikaans provides a step-by-step course in Afrikaans as it is written and spoken in South Africa and Namibia today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Afrikaans in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Key features include:

- progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills

- structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar

- an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises

- realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios

- useful vocabulary lists throughout the text

- additional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary and bilingual glossaries

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Afrikaans will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Afrikaans.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

Colloquial Somali
Colloquial Somali
Paperback      ISBN: 1138949809

Colloquial Somali: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Somali as it is written and spoken today.

Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Somali in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required. Colloquial Somali is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.

Key features include:

  • A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar
  • An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises
  • Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations
  • Helpful cultural points about life in Somalia
  • An overview of the sounds of Somali

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Somali is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Somali.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

Colloquial Swahili: The Complete Course for Beginners
Colloquial Swahili
The Complete Course for Beginners
Paperback      ISBN: 1138950173

Colloquial Swahili: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Swahili as it is written and spoken today.

Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Swahili in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Colloquial Swahili is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.

Key features include:

A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills

Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar

An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises

Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations

Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in Swahili-speaking countries.

An overview of the sounds of Swahili

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Swahili is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Swahili.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

Concise Amharic Dictionary
Concise Amharic Dictionary
Paperback      ISBN: 0520205014

A language learning book that has taught and will continue to teach generations of Peace Corps volunteers, and other English-speaking students, workers, and visitors to Ethiopia.--Harold G. Marcus, author of A History of Ethiopia

English - Somali; Somali - English Dictionary
English - Somali; Somali - English Dictionary
Paperback      ISBN: 1843560070

This is a new and fully updated edition of the dictionary, offers over 430 pages of definitions. It covers all the words you need for everyday use in Somali language; The author has also made the definitions clearer than before. This portable and affordable dictionary is perfect for general reference and student of the language. The vocabularies have been carefully compiled to embrace all words in current use, including many scientific and technical terms which have become a part of the English and Somali languages as spoken or written today. Many new words used in science, radio, automobile, aviation, etc., are included in this dictionary, thus affording the student richer vocabularies than those found in many larger volumes. Completeness, conciseness and accuracy have been the publishers basic aims throughout this volume, Conciseness has been attained by omitting only highly technical terms, rare and self-explaining derivatives, adverbs easily formed from adjectives words not in general use, and the endless array of unimportant and, in most cases, confusing synonyms, usually so common in much bulkier dictionaries.

Igbo-English Dictionary: A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Igbo Language, with an English-Igbo Index
Igbo-English Dictionary
A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Igbo Language, with an English-Igbo Index
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300073070

This is the first comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Igbo, the language of more than twenty million Nigerians. Prepared by a native speaker of Igbo, the dictionary focuses on words and phrases encountered in everyday life and in Igbo texts. The author includes words from all Igbo dialects and provides a convenient English index.

Igbo-English/English-Igbo Dictionary & Phrasebook
Igbo-English/English-Igbo Dictionary & Phrasebook
Paperback      ISBN: 0781806615

Igbo, also known as ibo, is one of the major languages of Nigeria. This guide contains an introduction to basic grammar, two-way dictionary, and helpful phrases arranged in 34 sections, each of which deals with aspects of everyday life. Also includes cultural information and a brief history of the Igbo people.

Inheritance and Innovation in a Colonial Language: Towards a Usage-Based Account of French Guianese Creole
Inheritance and Innovation in a Colonial Language
Towards a Usage-Based Account of French Guianese Creole
Hardcover      ISBN: 3319619519

This book takes a fresh approach to analysing how new languages are created, combining in-depth colonial history and empirical, usage-based linguistics. Focusing on a rarely studied language, the authors employ this dual methodology to reconstruct how multilingual individuals drew on their perception of Romance and West African languages to form French Guianese Creole. In doing so, they facilitate the application of a usage-based approach to language while simultaneously contributing significantly to the debate on creole origins. This innovative volume is sure to appeal to students and scholars of language history, creolisation and languages in contact.
Chapter 3 is published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

Kinyarwanda-English/English-Kinyarwanda Dictionary & Phrasebook
Kinyarwanda-English/English-Kinyarwanda Dictionary & Phrasebook
Kinyarwanda    Paperback      ISBN: 0781813573

Kinyarwanda, also known as Rwandan, is a national language of Rwanda (along with French and English) and spoken by almost all of the 11 million inhabitants of the country. Kinyarwanda is the second most widely spoken Bantu language after Kiswahili. It is a sister dialect of Kirundi, the national language of Burundi, so Burundians can understand Kinyarwanda well. Kinyarwanda speakers are also found in Uganda, Tanzania and in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are an estimated 20 million native speakers of Kinyarwanda worldwide. Kinyarwanda has two major dialects: the northern dialect, Igikiga, and the southern dialect, Ikinyanduga, and both have sub-dialects. The differences among these dialects, however, are mainly lexical and phonetic. This unique, two-part resource provides travelers to Rwanda with the tools they need for daily interaction. The bilingual dictionary has a concise vocabulary for everyday use, and the phrasebook allows instant communication on a variety of topics.Includes 4,000 dictionary entries, phonetics that are intuitive for English speakers, essential phrasees for travel and business, and a concise grammar and pronunciation section.