Language and Social History: Studies in South African Sociolinguistics

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Rajend Mesthrie
New Africa Books, 1995 - Sociolinguistics - 352 pages
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Contents

The Khoesan languages of South Africa
1
towards a sociohistorical perspective
19
Sociolinguistic evidence of Nguni Sotho Tsonga and Venda origins
39
The formation of Afrikaans
68
South African English
89
German speakers in South Africa with special reference to KwaZuluNatal
107
Women in the history of Afrikaans
129
the historical origins of standard Tsonga
154
Codeswitching codemixing and convergence in Cape Town
193
the influence of English
222
lexical and syntactic characteristics
242
Slang in South African English
265
language and language practices in Soweto
291
a background to the future
306
a perspective
319
Index
351

Fanakalo in South Africa
176

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About the author (1995)

RAJEND MESTHRIE is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cape Town, where he holds a National Research Foundation (SARCHI) research chair. He is also the current President of the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa. He has published in the field of Sociolinguistics, with special reference to language contact and variation in South Africa. His most recent publication is "World Englishes" (with Rakesh Bhatt, CUP 2008). He is a regular participant on SAFM s Word of Mouth radio program, where he appears to have a fairly large following. He is an A-rated researcher, the only linguist in South Africa currently so designated by the NRF.

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