Language in South Africa

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Rajend Mesthrie
Cambridge University Press, Oct 17, 2002 - Foreign Language Study - 485 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

IX
11
X
27
XI
50
XII
79
XIII
104
XIV
127
XV
148
XVI
161
XXV
297
XXVI
316
XXVII
337
XXVIII
339
XXIX
356
XXX
379
XXXI
381
XXXII
398

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XVIII
179
XIX
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XX
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XXI
235
XXII
258
XXIII
277
XXIV
279
XXXIII
407
XXXIV
417
XXXV
419
XXXVI
434
XXXVII
449
XXXVIII
476
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About the author (2002)

Rajend Mesthrie is Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Africa. He has researched and published extensively on a range of contact phenomena in South Africa.