4.14.2016

Charles is a Kenyan scholar. He also does editing, writing and research work. He has published several books including a linguistics volume on code switching and a full length fiction work- A Weed in Paradise. He has a B.A. (English/Literature) and an M.A.( Linguistics/English). He is currently a PhD candidate in linguistics.
Charles is also a teacher. He takes undergraduate courses in English, communications and linguistics in several Kenyan Universities. In the past, he was a newspaper columnist and he has taught English and literature at the high school level for many years. He is also a published poet.

1.03.2016

Language Ideology : A Review

Language Ideologies

Practice and Theory

Edited by Bambi B. Schieffelin, Kathryn A. Woolard, and Paul V. Kroskrity

"Language ideologies" are cultural representations, whether explicit or implicit, of the intersection of language and human beings in a social world. Mediating between social structures and forms of talk, such ideologies are not only about language. Rather, they link language to identity, power, aesthetics, morality and epistemology. Through such linkages, language ideologies underpin not only linguistic form and use, but also significant social institutions and fundamental notions of person and community. The essays in this new book examine definitions and conceptions of language in a wide range of societies around the world. Contributors focus on how such defining activity organizes language use as well as institutions such as religious ritual, gender relations, the nation-state, schooling, and law. This timely volume will be the first collection of work to appear in this rapidly growing field, which effectively bridges linguistic and social theory.