Description 
1 online resource (xxvi, 376 pages) 
Series 
Series in language and linguistics 

Series in language and linguistics.

Summary 
This book by renowned scholar Dr Abdul Karim Bangura combines linguistics and mathematics to show how and why Africancentred mathematical ideas can be a driving force in Africa’s development efforts. Bangura explores the concept that Africa has been the centre of the History of Mathematics for thousands of years, as the civilizations that emerged across the continent developed contributions which would enrich both ancient and modern understanding of nature through mathematics. However, scholars and other professionals working in the field of mathematics education in Africa have identified a plethora of issues in carrying out their tasks. This is highlighted by one of the most compelling arguments in the book, which is that a major reason for these problems is the fact that the African mother tongues has been greatly neglected in the teaching of mathematics in the continent. Bangura asserts that a change has to be made in order for Africa to benefit from the exceptional opportunities mathematics offer, showing that, even if there is a great body of work connecting linguistics and mathematics, few analyses have been performed on the link between African languages and mathematics—and the ones that have been made are not theoreticallygrounded on linguistics. Thus, the book begins by identifying the objects of study of linguistics and mathematics, and delineates which ones they have in common. Next, since the object of study of linguistics is language, the nine design features of language are employed to examine each of the objects as it pertains to African languages. After that, mathematical ideas of sustainability and those of tipping points are suggested as means to help Africa’s development efforts 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references and index 
Notes 
Description based on print version record 
Subject 
Sociolinguistics  Africa


Mathematical linguistics.


Mathematical sociology  Africa


African languages  Variation


18.78.


18.92.


17.20.


Sociolinguistics


Mathematical sociology


Mathematical linguistics


Native language and education


Africa

Form 
Electronic book

ISBN 
9781622739516 

1622739515 
