Duisburger Arbeiten zur Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft

Band 40:
Batibo, Herman M. / Smieja, Birgit (Hrsg.): Botswana: The Future of the Minority Languages. XXIII/292 S. - Frankfurt am Main / Berlin / Bern / Bruxelles / New York / Oxford / Wien: Lang, 2000.
ISBN: 3-631-35731-1

The need of the national language Setswana to participate actively in society, politics and democratisation as both national language and lingua franca of Botswana, has caused language domination and suffocation on the part of the 25 or so minority languages. As a result, these languages are now going through a process of language shift and death. Consequently, their cultures, too, suffer great losses in order to keep pace with the mainstream society.
The aim of the book is threefold: (a) to inform the large public, both local and international, about the sociolinguistic and related issues regarding the minority languages of Botswana, (b) to provide facts about the state and future trends of the minority languages in order to sensitise the public and the relevant authorities about the issues involved, and (c) to present ideas and insights in order to stimulate academic debates on the minority languages.
Linguists from Botswana as well as from Europe and U.S.A. present their latest field research findings to shed light on the present situation of the minority languages.


Tsiane, Segakweng:
  Foreword S. IX
Heine, Bernd:
  Preface S. XI
Batibo, Herman M. / Smieja, Birgit:
  Introduction S. XIII
Part I: History and Location
Janson, Tore:
  The History of the Minority-Language Speakers in Botswana S. 3
Hasselbring, Sue:
  Where are the Khoesan of Botswana? S. 13
Part II: Patterns of Language Use and Attitudes to Change
Smieja, Birgit / Batibo, Herman M.:
  Language Shift Tendencies of Minority-Language Users in Botswana: Fashion or Rule? S. 35
Lukusa, Stephen T. M.:
  The Shekgalagadi Struggle for Survival: Aspects of Language Maintenance and Shift S. 55
Chebanne, Andy / Nthapelelang, Moemedi:
  The Socio-linguistic Survey of the Eastern Khoe in the Boteti and Makgadikgadi Pans Areas of Botswana S. 79
Batibo, Herman M. / Mosaka, Naledi:
  Linguistic Barriers as a Hindrance to Information Flow: The Case of Botswana S. 95
Mathangwane, Joyce T. / Smieja, Birgit:
  Future Trends in the Botswana Media: The Destiny of Minority Languages S. 105
Part III: Describing Developments: Future Chances for Minority Languages
Sommer, Gabriele / Vossen, Rainer:
  Language Gain and Language Loss: The Spread of Setswana in Ngamiland S. 129
Smieja, Birgit:
  Code-switching in Botswana: Exception or Rule? S. 153
Molosiwa, Annah:
  Deculturalisation and Language Shift among the Otjiherero-Mbanderu Speakers of Tshabong S. 177
Visser, Hessel:
  Language and Cultural Empowerment of the Khoesan People: The Naro Experience S. 193
Nyati-Ramahobo, Lydia:
  Linguistic and Cultural Domination: The Case of the Wayeyi of Botswana S. 217
Part IV: Applied Linguistics for Education and Language Policy
Biesele, Megan / Hitchcock, Robert K.:
  Ju|'hoan-Language Education in Namibia and its Relevance for Minority-Language Education in Botswana S. 237
Stroud, Christopher:
  An Applied Linguistics Approach to the Politics of Language Revitalisation S. 267
Subject Index S. 285
Index of Languages, Dialects, and Ethnonyms S. 289
Index of Maps S. 292