Language in South Africa

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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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Contents

IX
11
X
27
XI
50
XII
79
XIII
104
XIV
127
XV
148
XVI
161
XXVI
295
XXVII
314
XXVIII
335
XXIX
337
XXXI
354
XXXIII
377
XXXIV
379
XXXV
396

XVII
177
XVIII
179
XIX
199
XX
216
XXI
235
XXII
256
XXIII
275
XXIV
277
XXXVII
405
XXXVIII
415
XXXIX
417
XLI
432
XLII
447
XLIII
474
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About the author (2002)

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.

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