The Dialogic Nation of Cape Verde

The Dialogic Nation of Cape Verde : Slavery, Language, and Ideology

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The Dialogic Nation of Cape Verde: Slavery, Language, and Ideology is an ethnographic study of language use and ideology in Cape Verde, from its early settlement as a center for slave trade, to the postcolonial present. The study is methodologically rich and innovative in that it weaves together historical, linguistic, and ethnographic data from different eras with sketches of contemporary life-a homicide trial, a scholarly meeting, a competition for a new national flag, a heterodox Catholic mass, an analysis of love letters, a priest's sermon, and a death in the neighborhood. In all these different contexts, Marcia Rego focuses on the role of Kriolu (the Cape Verdean Creole) and its relation to Portuguese-that is, on the way people live through speaking. The Dialogic Nation of Cape Verde shows how, through the dialogic give-and-take of the two languages, Cape Verdeans wrestle with deep-seated colonial hierarchies, invent and rehearse new traditions, and articulate their identity as a sovereign, creole nation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 10 black & white illustrations
  • 0739193775
  • 9780739193778

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Marcia Rego delivers an impressive account of how language defines, unites, and divides the Cape Verdean nation. She writes with warmth and perceptiveness, connecting the subtleties of everyday language use to overarching issues of identity and power. -- Jorgen Carling, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
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About Marcia Rego

Marcia Rego is an assistant professor of the practice and director for faculty development and assessment at Duke University.
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Table of contents

List of Figures Acknowledgments Glossary of Terms Introduction Chapter1 Kriolu Origins Chapter 2 Speaking of Kriolu Chapter 3 Postcolonial Kriolu Nation Chapter 4 Mingling Tongues and the Breaching of Hierarchy Chapter 5 Speaking of Self and Family Chapter 6 The Language of Death Chapter 7 Rewording Resistance Chapter 8 Spreading the Word Final Remarks Appendix: The ALUPEC Alphabet Bibliography Index About the Author
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