An Encyclopaedia of the Social and Political History of Southern Africa’s Languages (Publishers, Palgrave Macmillan, UK)is calling for entries for an edited volume, .
Brief Description of the Encyclopaedia
This volume is designed as an interdisciplinary collection of articles (entries) that would double as a handy and accessible reference on the subject of southern African languages within the broader context of the region’s pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial developments. The focus is on the social and political history of the covered languages, meaning their significance for ethnic, immigrant and social groups, as well as for various political projects, as they have unfolded during, roughly speaking, the last three centuries. In the Encyclopedia, the elements of linguistic description will be limited to a bare minimum necessary for positing the languages in a manner that is scholarly sound, but easily intelligible to the average reader. In this way, the stage is given to the social and political history of these languages.
Territories and States with Languages Covered
The Encyclopedia will cover over 220 languages in the following states and polities included in the concept of Southern Africa used in the Encyclopaedia: Angola (AO), Botswana (BW), Comores, Lesotho (LS), Madagascar (MG), Malawi (MW), Mauritius (MU), Mayotte (YT), Mozambique (MZ), Namibia (NA), South Africa (ZA), Swaziland (SW), Réunion (RE), Seychelles (SC), Zambia (ZM) and Zimbabwe (ZW).