This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
Imaginations of the Local and Non-native Languages in West Africa
Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education
Vernacular Palaver highlights the continuing appeal of local identities for participants in social networks where communication occurs in languages that are not mother tongues. Using examples from video film, popular literature, religious activity and educational practice in West Africa, it demonstrates the importance of notions of localness and locality for speakers of non-native languages, despite the growing prominence of global languages in their lives.