By Rajend Mesthrie
This can be a complete and wide-ranging advisor to language and society in South Africa. The publication surveys an important language groupings within the quarter by way of pre-colonial and colonial historical past; touch among the several language kinds (leading to language loss, pidginization, creolization and new combined varieties). It examines language and public coverage concerns linked to the transition to a post-apartheid society and its 11 legit languages. all of the chapters are expert by way of the significance of socio-political historical past in realizing questions of language.
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Critics of the Cobbing thesis are unhappy about the lack of substantial evidence in its favour. The 1820s onwards was the period when African languages were being written down for the ﬁrst time by missionaries, in conjunction with local consultants. It was an exciting and taxing time for linguists among the missionaries, who battled to come to terms with the unfamiliar structures of African languages. For example, the principle of alliterative or euphonic concord – elaborate agreement between preﬁxes of subject nouns with verbs and other entities like adjectives, and genitival and relative nouns – was only discovered over thirty years after the ﬁrst missionaries arrived in the eastern Cape.
In the wake of the atrocities of the South African War, Afrikaners resisted Milner’s anglicisation policy. The status of Afrikaans as bearer of local cultural values and the identity of an Afrikaner nation began to gain prominence. The rapid growth of capitalism in the early twentieth century drew increasingly more rural people into wage labour. There were vastly disparate wages for white and black workers (Parsons 1982: 225). The Union of South Africa was formed in 1910, combining the two former Boer republics and the British colonies of the Cape and Natal into one state.
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