Congratulations to Dr. Sinfree Makoni on the publication of these two books recognizing his work: African Applied Linguistics and Language in Africa
Congratulations to Dr. Sinfree Makoni on the publication of these two books recognizing his work: African Applied Linguistics and Language in Africa.
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African Applied Linguistics challenges orthodox applied linguistics. African Applied Linguistics is influenced by Southern Epistemologies and decolonial scholarship. In this book, Sinfree Makoni, one of the leading figures of Southern Epistemologies and decolonial linguistic scholarship questions the foundations of linguistics as an academic field. He construes applied linguistics as a decontextualized and institutionalized extension of the metalinguistic practices of the west. As such, Applied Linguistics is ill- suited to address contemporary sociolinguistic challenges of the Global South. African Applied Linguistics calls for a change in the direction in which both ‘languages’ and ‘language’ as universal phenomena are theorized.
Language in Africa marks the birth of decolonial Integrational Linguistics. It is a critique of linguistic theorizing about language, literacy, and language education. In this volume, Sinfree Makoni explores the relevance of Integrationism as a prism through which one can examine the construction of language within colonial linguistics. In the book he argues that terms such as indigenous languages misrepresent the time-and locale-specific nature of linguistic communication. The centrality of the role of lay person-oriented linguistics in decolonial Integrational linguistics serves as an alternative to orthodox linguistics and can be aligned with colonial and postcolonial linguistics, which seeks to replace colonialism and African elites with more lay- oriented participation in civil society.