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Sunderland, Jane, Lia Litosseliti, Sibonile Ellece and Lilian Lem Atanga, eds. 2013. Gender and Language in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tradition, struggle and change. (IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society 33). John Benjamins. xi, 331 pp.
Publication type
Book – edited volume
Publication language
Language as a subject


This is the first book to bring together the topics of language and gender, African languages, and gender in African contexts, and it does so in a descriptive, explanatory and critical way. Including new work and new, often challenging data from Botswana, Chad, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, this collection looks at some ‘traditional’ uses of language in relation to the gender of its speakers and the gendered nature of the languages themselves; it also identifies and explores social change in terms of both gender and sexuality, as reflected in and constructed by language and discourse.

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