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Language in South Africa

Language in South Africa

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R. Mesthrie, A. Traill, R. K. Herbert, R. Bailey, P. T. Roberge, R. Lass, D. Aarons, P. Akach, E. de Kadt, R. Adendorff, W. Branford, J. S. Claughton, K. McCormick, S. Slabbert, R. Finlayson, J. Keith Chick, V. De Klerk, D. Gough, G. L. Stone, K. D. P Makudu, D. K. Ntshangase, T. G. Reagan, S. Murray, K. Heugh
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  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521791052

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  • This is a comprehensive and wide-ranging 2002 guide to language and society in South Africa. As the authors demonstrate, the South African context offers a treasure trove of data and examples for linguistic and sociolinguistic study. The book surveys the most important language groupings in the region in terms of pre-colonial and colonial history; contact between the different language varieties, leading to language loss, pidginization, creolization and new mixed varieties; language and public policy issues associated with the transition to a post-apartheid society and its eleven official languages. It details the history of indigenous languages, the impact of European languages upon them, and of transformations to the European languages themselves. Written by a team of leading researchers, all the chapters are informed by the importance of socio-political history in understanding questions of language. The book will be welcomed by students and researchers in language and linguistics, sociology, anthropology and social history.

    • First work to survey in such detail the language and society of South Africa
    • Edited by an expert sociolinguist who specialises in the region
    • Wide-ranging appeal across language, linguistics and the social sciences
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    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521791052
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 20 maps 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction R. Mesthrie
    Part I. The Main Language Groupings:
    1. South Africa - a sociolinguistic overview R. Mesthrie
    2. The Khoesan languages A. Traill
    3. The Bantu languages R. K. Herbert and R. Bailey
    4. Afrikaans P. T. Roberge
    5. South African English R. Lass
    6. South African sign language D. Aarons and P. Akach
    7. German Speakers in South Africa E. de Kadt
    8. Indian languages in South Africa R. Mesthrie
    Part II. Language Contact:
    9. Fanakalo: a South African pidgin R. Adendorff
    10. Mutual lexical borrowings among some languages of South Africa W. Branford and J. S. Claughton
    11. Code-switching, mixing and convergence in Cape Town K. McCormick
    12. Code-switching in South African townships S. Slabbert and R. Finlayson
    13. Intercultural miscommunication in South Africa J. K. Chick
    14. Women's language of respect R. Finlayson
    15. The sociohistory of clicks in Southern Bantu R. K. Herbert
    16. Language and gendered ethnicity in a Thonga community R. K. Herbert
    17. Indian South African English R. Mesthrie
    18. Black South African English V. de Klerk and D. Gough
    19. The lexicon and sociolinguistic codes of the working-class Afrikaans-speaking Cape Peninsula coloured community G. L. Stone
    20. An introduction to Flaaitaal K. D. P. Makhudu
    21. Language and language practices in Soweto D. K. Ntshangase
    Part III. Language Planning, Policy and Education:
    22. Language planning and language policy: past, present and future T. G. Reagan
    23. Language issues in South African education S. Murray
    24. Recovering multilingualism: recent language policy developments K. Heugh.

  • Editor

    Rajend Mesthrie, University of Cape Town
    Rajend Mesthrie is Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Africa. He has researched and published extensively on a range of contact phenomena in South Africa.

    Contributors

    R. Mesthrie, A. Traill, R. K. Herbert, R. Bailey, P. T. Roberge, R. Lass, D. Aarons, P. Akach, E. de Kadt, R. Adendorff, W. Branford, J. S. Claughton, K. McCormick, S. Slabbert, R. Finlayson, J. Keith Chick, V. De Klerk, D. Gough, G. L. Stone, K. D. P Makudu, D. K. Ntshangase, T. G. Reagan, S. Murray, K. Heugh

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