Language in South Africa

Synopsis

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.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • R. Mesthrie
  • A. Traill
  • Robert K. Herbert
  • Richard Bailey
  • Paul T. Roberge
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cambridge, England
Publication year:
  • 2002

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