Language in South Africa
Rajend Mesthrie, Mesthrie Rajend
Cambridge University Press, Oct 17, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 485 pages
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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