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Language in South Africa

Language in South Africa

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521791052
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2002
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 504 pages
  • Dimensions: 1.06 x 8.98 x 5.98 inches


This is a comprehensive and wide-ranging guide to language and society in South Africa. 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). It examines language and public policy issues associated with the transition to a post-apartheid society and its eleven official languages. All the chapters are informed by the importance of socio-political history in understanding questions of language.

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