The Changing Roles of English in Eastern Africa

By Yousif Elhindi. Martha Michieka (ed.)

Published by Global Studies, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

Although Africa is the most linguistically diverse continent, European languages have always played a vital role in its modern history, especially in the fields of education and administration. The Changing Roles of English in Eastern Africa looks at the role of English in nine East African countries and investigates how attitudes toward the language have shaped its changing roles. While the nine countries included in this collection have diverse linguistic histories, they all have, for one reason or another, given English some significant role in their everyday operations. Some of these countries, such as Kenya and Uganda, were former British colonies and, therefore, their use of English was inevitable in the post-colonial era. In a few other countries, however, the decision to use the language has been made necessary by its ever increasing importance as an international language.

How did English come to hold such power in these East African countries? Is English still the key to economic opportunities, and how do the various East African countries view English? Can English be avoided, especially in contexts where it was never imposed by colonial rule? What is attracting countries such as Burundi and Rwanda to English, and what are some of the challenges those countries are facing as they transition from use of French as a medium of education to English?

This book will be of value to anyone interested in understanding the diverse roles of English, especially those people involved in the politics of language, language planning, language policy, education and linguistics.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 3.898MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by Global Studies, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Martha Michieka

Associate Professor, Department of Literature and Language, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee, USA

Martha Moraa Michieka holds a Ph.D from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is an associate professor and assistant chair for undergraduate studies in the Department of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University. Her research interests include second language teaching, sociolinguistics, and World Englishes.

Dr. Yousif Elhindi

Professor, Department of Literature and Language, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee, USA

Yousif Elhindi is a professor and the director of the Linguistics Minor Program in the Department of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University. He obtained a PhD in English from Oklahoma State in 1995. Elhindi taught at Oklahoma State University, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, Gezira University, Sudan, and Abu Dhabi University. His research interests include cognitive metaphor theory and discourse analysis.