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Routledge Revivals: Language in Tanzania (1980)

1st Edition

Edited by Edgar C. Polomé, C. P. Hill


440 pages

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Originally published in 1980, Language in Tanzania presents a comprehensive overview of the Survey of Language Use and Language Teaching in Eastern Africa. Using extensive research carried out by an interdisciplinary group of international and local scholars, the survey also covers Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. The book represents one of the most in-depth sociolinguistic studies carried out on this region at this time. It provides basic linguistic data necessary to policy-makers, administrators, and educators, and will be of interest to those researching the formulation and execution of language policy.

Table of Contents

Foreword, (N.A Kuhanga)



Part I: Languages of Tanzania

1. The Languages of Tanzania, (Edgar C. Polome)

2. The Bantu Language of East Africa: A Lexicostatistical Survey, (Derek Nurse and Gerard Philippson)

3. The Nilotic Languages of Tanzania, (Christopher Ehret)

4. Swahili in Tanzania, (Edgar C. Polome)

Part II: Language Use in Tanzania

5. Tanzania: A Socio-linguistic Perspective, (Edgar C. Polome)

6. The Ecology of Tanzanian National Language Policy, (Mohamed H. Abdulaziz)

7. Language Use among Ilala Residents, (H.D. Barton)

8. Library Users and their Reading Preferences, (C.P. Hill)

9. The Use of Language in the Law Courts in Tanzania, (Douglas Kavugha and Donald Bobb)

Part III: Language in Education

10. The Historical Background to National Education in Tanzania, (John White)

11. Language Teaching in Primary Schools, (Fulgens Mbunda and David Brown)

12. Language Teaching in Secondary Schools, (Fulgens Mbunda, C.J. Brumfit, D. Constable and C.P. Hill)

13. Language Teaching in Higher Education, (W. Whitley, D. Constable and G. Mhina)

14. Some Developments in Language and Education in Tanzania Since 1969, (C.P. Hill)


About the Editors

Edgar C. Polome is Christie and Stanley E. Adams Jr. Centennial Professor, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Etymology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies