Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa
Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa
Journal Title: Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa
ISSN: 1022-8195
ISSN Online: 1753-5395
Publication Frequency: 3 issues per year
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The purpose of Language Matters is to provide a journal of international standing with a unique African flavour focusing on multilingualism in Africa. Although the journal contributes to the language debate on all African languages, sub-Saharan Africa and issues related to multilingualism in the southern African context are the journal’s specific domains. The journal seeks to promote the dissemination of ideas, points of view, teaching strategies and research on different aspects of African languages, providing a forum for discussion on the whole spectrum of language usage and debate in Africa. The journal endorses a multidisciplinary approach to the study of language and welcomes contributions not only from sociolinguists, psycholinguists and the like, but also from educationalists, language practitioners, computer analysts, engineers or scholars with a genuine interest in and contribution to the study of language. All contributions are critically reviewed by at least two referees.

Although the general focus remains on multilingualism and related issues, one of the three issues of Language Matters published each year is a special thematic edition on Language Politics in Africa. These special issues embrace a wide spectrum of language matters of current relevance in Southern Africa.

This journal is accredited with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training and is also listed on the Social Sciences Citation Index as well as the Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI).

Subjects Covered & Scope: Currently known as Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (1993 - current) Formerly known as English Usage in Southern Africa (1991 - 1992)
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Lawrie Barnes, University of South Africa, South Africa

Theodorus du Plessis, University of the Free State, South Africa

Nkonko Kamwangamalu, Howard University, USA

Jens Allwood, University of Göteborg, Sweden

Ayo Bamgbose, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa

Herman Batibo, University of Botswana, Southern Africa

Ian Bekker, North-West University, South Africa

Eyamba Bokamba, University of Illinois, USA

Susan Coetzee van Rooy, North-West University, South Africa

David Crystal, University of Wales, Bangor, UK

Cay Dollerup, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Ofelia Garcia, The City University of New York, USA

Daniel Gile, Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, France

Kembo-Sure, Moi University, East Africa

William Labov, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Mbulungeni Madiba, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Marilyn Martin-Jones, University of Lancaster, UK

Sozinho Matshine, ACALAN, West Africa

Rajend Mesthrie, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Sheila Mmusi, University of Limpopo, South Africa

Salikoko Mufwene, University of Chicago, USA

Gillian Sankoff, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Elena Shohamy, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Brenda Spencer, University of South Africa, South Africa

Gideon Toury, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Bertus van Rooy, North-West University, South Africa

Rainer Vossen, J.W Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Vic Webb, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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Abstracted/ Indexed in: Arts & Humanities Citation Index; Africa Studies Abstracts Online;Current Abstracts; Humanities International Index; Linguistics AbstractsOnline and Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

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