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date: 21 February 2019

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Urban languages have been studied in many different contexts with emphasis placed on the level of creativity that characterizes these language forms, including the discursive construction of the identity of their users. This chapter focuses on the conceptual aspects of these varieties of language in African contexts by examining the use of terms such as “urban” and “youth.” Given the strong cyclical urban-rural and rural-urban migration, as well as urban-rural-peri-urban or rural-peri-urban-urban migration associated with what the city stands for in African imagination, future research may have to focus on establishing whether these varieties are indeed limited to the city or whether they are also evident in rural settings. As part of taking the research forward, future research may need to take a poststructuralist approach that will need to be multimodal in orientation, thereby going beyond the verbal to include features such as dress, ways of walking, gestures, and music.

Keywords: urban, youth, rural, peri-urban, language, city, Africa

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