By Fiona Mc Laughlin
The Languages of city Africa comprises a chain of case stories that tackle 4 major subject matters. the 1st is the heritage of African city languages. the second one set concentrate on theoretical matters within the research of African city languages, exploring the results of extreme multilingualism and likewise the ways that city dwellers shape their speech groups. the amount then strikes directly to discover the connection among language and identification within the city atmosphere. the ultimate case reports within the quantity deal with the evolution of city languages in Africa.This wealthy set of chapters study languages and speech groups in ten geographically different African city centres, masking just about all areas of the continent. part contain Francophone towns, the opposite part, Anglophone. This interesting quantity indicates us what the research of city African languages can let us know approximately language and approximately African societies usually. it's crucial examining for higher point undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in sociolinguistics, in particular these drawn to the language of Africa.
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Hillili’s study, which was undertaken in the late 1970s, found that the process of decline of old-urban Fessi features has already started among men at least in intergroup settings but 20 years later Caubet’s study shows that her young Fessi woman is catching up. Since the overwhelming majority of old-urban Fessi families have moved to Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital and by far the largest city in North Africa, starting in the early half of the twentieth century but intensifying after independence.
This study shows that in the late 1970s Fessi speech was prestigious for native Fessi women as well as for the rural migrants. In a relatively recent qualitative study Caubet (1998) looked at language use among three generations in Fez; a “mixed” couple, their parents and their children. The wife comes from a Fessi family while her husband is descendant from rural migrants to the city of Fez. Caubet reports marked differences between the speech of the older generations: the husband’s parents maintain rural features [g] while the Fessi mother maintains the emphatic [ʔˤ] as well as several other Fessi features (see Hillili  and Caubet  for a comprehensive list).
This does not exist in primarily food-producing settlements, especially non-nucleated settlement areas, even though L2 is taught in schools, and even though because the population is highly mobile virtually every small village has at least one bilingual person. 1 Structural consequences for the imported languages In the Accra environment, it might be expected that any or all of Hausa, Akan, and English would develop new varieties that are specific to Accra and not to be identified with any geographically defined dialect, although some dialects may have a greater input into the koiné than others.
Languages of Urban Africa (Advances in Sociolinguistics) by Fiona Mc Laughlin