The Germanic Mosaic: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Society

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perspective on life among all population groups, a fact that contributes greatly to the prevailing intolerance of other people's way of life, aspirations, and values. As it is put in the recommendation of the Language and Culture Commission at the Harare Workshop: "'Cultural illiteracy' may be as big a problem as ordinary illiteracy, ranging as it does over the whole educational spectrum. The so-called 'universality' of the canon of Western civilization needs to be questioned and the position of popular culture re-assessed" (Readings, 1990: 23). Yet, as this quotation suggests, European cultures and values need to be appreciated critically and on the background of the (South) African context. The South African cultural heritage has been neglected, if not purposefully suppressed and stifled, and its value underrated and discounted for far too long.


NOTES
1
Helene Passtoors in her paper "Underlying Language Policy. Discussion Paper" also includes areas like community activities and religion, family and friendship networks, but I would argue that these are part of people's private lives and cannot be included in language planning.
2
For a more detailed summary see Cluver, 1990: 12-19.

REFERENCES

Alexander N. ( 1989a). "The Language Question". Project: Critical Choices for South African Society. Institute for the Study of Public Policy, University of Cape Town, No. 12.

--- ( 1989b). Language Policy and National Unity in South Africa/Azania. Cape Town: Buchu Books.

Anonymous ( 1991). ANC: Possible Scenarios for Language Policy in South Africa. Working paper. Unpublished.

Cameron T., and Spies S. B., eds. ( 1986). An Illustrated History of South Africa. Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball and Cape Town: Human & Rousseau.

Cluver A. D. de V. ( 1990). "Language planning models for a post-apartheid South Africa". Unpublished. Language Projects' Review, April ( 1990). Vol. 5, no. 1.

--- August ( 1990). Vol.5, no. 2.

--- November ( 1990). Vol. 5, no. 3.

Malherbe E. G. ( 1925, reprinted 1975). Education in South Africa. Vol. I: 1652- 1922. Cape Town and Johannesburg: Juta.

--- ( 1977). Education in South Africa. Vol. II: 1923-75. Cape Town and Johannesburg: Juta.

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