- The Oxford Handbook of Language and Society
- List of Contributors
- Introduction—Language and Society: A Critical Poststructuralist Perspective
- Language and Society: Historical Overview and the Emergence of a Field of Study
- Language, Imperialism, and the Modern Nation-State System: Implications for Language Rights
- Language and Political Economy
- Language and Power
- Language Ideologies
- Language Policy and Local Practices
- Language, Migration, Diaspora: Challenging the Big Battalions of Groupism
- Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Globalization, and Superdiversity: Toward Sociolinguistic Repertoires
- Diglossia and Beyond
- Language Shift and Sustainability: Critical Discourses and Beyond
- Discourses of Endangerment from Mother Tongues to Machine Readability
- Sign Languages
- Multiliteracies and Transcultural Education
- Urban Languages in African Contexts: Toward a Multimodal Approach to Urban Languages
- Indigenous Peoples and Their Languages
- Entry Visa Denied: The Construction of Symbolic Language Borders in Educational Settings
- Linguistic Profiling and Discrimination
- From Elderspeak to Gerontolinguistics: Sociolinguistic Myths
- Language and Racialization
- Language and Sexuality
- Linguistic Landscapes
- The Internet, Language, and Virtual Interactions
- Mediatization and the Language of Journalism
- Bilingual Education
- Conclusion: Moving the Study of Language and Society into the Future
Abstract and Keywords
In African studies there is a large body of literature that addresses cultural practices, but not from an aging perspective, even though the proportion of African elderly relative to other groups is increasing and African elderly are living longer. There is also a substantial body of literature that deals with aging, but this is largely from linguistic and psychological perspectives. The linguistic perspectives are largely based on Indo-European languages, and Euro-American contexts. The main objective of this chapter is to rectify the two issues, by viewing African cultural practices from an aging perspective and drawing on African languages by analyzing the following issues: aging in institutional contexts, aging and gender, care in institutional settings, and elderspeak in relation to urban vernaculars.
Sinfree B. Makoni is a pan-Africanist. He was educated in Ghana and Zimbabwe and received his PhD from Edinburgh University. He has taught at a number of different universities in southern Africa. He is currently affiliated with the Department of Applied Linguistics and program of African Studies at Penn State. His main research interests are in language policy and planning, and language, social class, economics, and social aging. He has published in a number of journals, including Current Issues in Language Planning, Language Policy, and Multilingual and Multicultural Development. His major work is Disinventing and Reconstituting Languages, co-edited with Alastair Pennycook and published by Multilingual Matters.
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