Category Archives: English in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: LANGUAGE & EDUCATION

Language has always been a contentious issue in education in South Africa. From the drive for mother-tongue education to the ever pressing need to be able to use international languages such as English. To be able to understand the language … Continue reading

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South African English

It’s South African English month, lekker! When I got back to South Africa in 2002 having been away for 6 years, I was struck by the change in the English spoken there. It had become more of a mix of the other … Continue reading

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Language Policy and Oppression in South Africa

South Africa is a multi-lingual society that has some unique linguistic problems because of its policy of apartheid. On one level, there are tensions between its two official language groups, Afrikaans and English. On another level, there are linguistic tensions … Continue reading

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Where English can serve but not empower

In South Africa, English (as elsewhere in Africa) is becoming the de facto official language and the only language of teaching and learning. So why should South Africa defend and implement its multilingual language policy, and not give way to … Continue reading

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The languages of South Africa

We’re not called the rainbow nation for nothing. South Africa has 11 official languages, and scores of unofficial ones besides. English is the most commonly spoken language in official and commercial public life – but only the sixth most spoken … Continue reading

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ENGLISH IN SOUTH AFRICA

In the South African context, English has been both a highly influential language, and a language influenced, in different ways and to different degrees, by processes of adaptation within the country’s various communities. Recent estimates based on the 1991 census … Continue reading

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South African English

The term South African English (SAfrE, SAfrEng, SAE, en-ZA) is applied to the first-language dialects of English spoken by South Africans, with the L1 English variety spoken by Zimbabweans, Zambians and Namibians, being recognised as offshoots. There is some social and regional variation within South African English. Social variation within South African English has … Continue reading

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