The Handbook of African Linguistics provides a holistic coverage of the key themes, subfields, approaches and practical application to the vast areas subsumable under African linguistics that will serve researchers working across the wide continuum in the field.

Established and emerging scholars of African languages who are active and current in their fields are brought together, each making use of data from a linguistic group in Africa to explicate a chosen theme within their area of expertise, and illustrate the practice of the discipline in the continent.

chapter |11 pages


African linguistics

part II|85 pages

Sound and syllable system

chapter 6|29 pages


Segmental and suprasegmental interactions in Yoruba

chapter 7|18 pages

Labial-velars of Africa

Phonetics, phonology, and historical development

part III|117 pages

Phrase and sentence system

part IV|65 pages

Language and society: theory and practice

chapter 16|18 pages

translation theory and practice past and present

Applying the Target Audience Criterion to some West African languages

chapter 17|16 pages

The representation of African languages and cultures on social media

A case of Ewe in Ghana

chapter 19|12 pages

Language Planning for Sustainable Development

Problems and prospects in Ghana

part V|61 pages

Creative expressions and cultural life

chapter 20|18 pages

The language of youth in Africa

A sociocultural linguistic analysis

chapter 21|18 pages

African youth languages

The past, present and future attention

chapter 23|12 pages

Tense and time-depth in the Mabia languages of West Africa

Testing the philosophy of linguistic relativity