The Social and Political History of Southern Africa's Languages

  • Tomasz Kamusella
  • Finex Ndhlovu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-liii
  2. Tomasz Kamusella, Finex Ndhlovu
    Pages 1-11
  3. Johanita Kirsten
    Pages 13-30
  4. Joseph M. Mwansa
    Pages 31-49
  5. Ndana Ndana, Andy Chebanne
    Pages 51-63
  6. Finex Ndhlovu, Liqhwa Siziba
    Pages 65-92
  7. Ellen Hurst
    Pages 93-99
  8. Langa Khumalo
    Pages 101-117
  9. Andy Chebanne, Joyce T. Mathangwane, Rose Letsholo-Tafila
    Pages 119-131
  10. Wilfrid H. G. Haacke
    Pages 133-158
  11. Andy Chebanne, Budzani Mogara
    Pages 159-177
  12. Maxwell Kadenge
    Pages 179-186
  13. Thapelo Otlogetswe, Andy Chebanne
    Pages 187-221
  14. Kemmonye C. Monaka
    Pages 223-244
  15. Ndana Ndana, Andy Chebanne
    Pages 245-256
  16. Maxwell Kadenge
    Pages 257-268
  17. Andy Chebanne, Kemmonye Monaka
    Pages 269-281
  18. Kemmonye C. Monaka, Andy Chebanne
    Pages 283-300
  19. Ellen Hurst
    Pages 301-310
  20. Ximbani Eric Mabaso
    Pages 311-330
  21. Veronica Belling
    Pages 331-338
  22. Maxwell Kadenge, Martin Musengi
    Pages 339-346
  23. Back Matter
    Pages 365-372

About this book


This book is the first to offer an interdisciplinary and comprehensive reference work on the often-marginalised languages of southern Africa. The authors analyse a range of different concepts and questions, including language and sociality, social and political history, multilingual government, and educational policies. In doing so, they present significant original research, ensuring that the work will remain a key reference point for the subject. This ambitious and wide-ranging edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of southern African languages, sociolinguistics, history and politics. 

​Tomasz Kamusella is Reader at the University of St Andrews, UK. He specializes in language politics and nationalism and has published widely on the topic, including The Palgrave Handbook of Slavic Languages, Identities and Borders (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). 

Finex Ndhlovu is Associate Professor at the University of New England, Australia. His research specialisms include contemporary linguistic and sociocultural theories of language, identity and sociality in relation to African diaspora communities. His most recent major publication is Becoming an African Diaspora in Australia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). 


political history political science politics languages of southern africa political history of southern african languages social history of southern african languages setswana afrikaans kalanga chiikuhane bemba Khoekhoegowab

Editors and affiliations

  • Tomasz Kamusella
    • 1
  • Finex Ndhlovu
    • 2
  1. 1.School of HistoryUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-01592-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-01593-8
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