Language in South Africa by Rajend Mesthrie

By Rajend Mesthrie

this can be a accomplished and wide-ranging 2002 advisor to language and society in South Africa. because the authors exhibit, the South African context deals a treasure trove of information and examples for linguistic and sociolinguistic learn. The booklet surveys crucial language groupings within the sector by way of pre-colonial and colonial background; touch among different language kinds, resulting in language loss, pidginization, creolization and new combined types; language and public coverage concerns linked to the transition to a post-apartheid society and its 11 respectable languages. It information the heritage of indigenous languages, the influence of eu languages upon them, and of variations to the ecu languages themselves. Written by means of a crew of prime researchers, all of the chapters are trained by means of the significance of socio-political historical past in figuring out questions of language. The booklet might be welcomed by means of scholars and researchers in language and linguistics, sociology, anthropology and social history.

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