Advanced Seminar Linguistics (English in Africa)

Hauptseminar, SWS: 2, lecture number: 41165


Dienstag, 14-16;


Susanne Mühleisen

In this seminar we will look at the structure, status, functions and uses of English in various parts of Africa. Particular regional focal points of English in Africa (East Africa, West Africa, South Africa) will be used to discuss theoretical concepts such as types of multilingualism, code switching, pidginization, creolization. Special emphasis will also be placed on the discussion of particular uses of English in institutional contexts (education, media, literature). Key points of this seminar are:

  • Status and function of language in multilingual societies
  • Language politics in a postcolonial environment
  • Language contact and its effects
  • The pragmatics of English in Africa
  • Language use in literature and the media

Given the current situation, this course will probably be given digitally. Please get in touch with the lecturer as soon as possible and, where applicable, register in E-Learning and CampusOnline.