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  • Politics of language in South Africa, The - policy and practice
  • Webb V, Du Plessis T
  • ISBN: 9780627026850
  • eISBN: 9780627030383
  • ePub ISBN: N/A
  • 163 Pages | Published: 2006

The Politics of Language in South Africa is a selected collection of essays that contains the proceedings of a colloquium organised by Vic Webb, the guest editor, as part of the combined annual meeting of the Southern African Applied Linguistics Association and the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa, hosted by the University of Pretoria and held at Dikhololo from 6 to 8 July 2005. Additionally, a number of relevant conference papers presented outside the colloquium are also included.

Major themes which constitute the field of politics of language include language planning, language development, language and power and language and identity, and linguistic processes such as language spread, maintenance, shift, diminution and death. This, the fifth volume in the Van Schaik series Studies in Language Policy in South Africa, is concerned with several of these issues. For instance, the exact ways in which languages are embedded in the economic, political, social and cultural domains of societies and the role of language in educational development are themes investigated within the South African context. An understanding of these issues should enable language planners to indicate how the effective co-operation of communities can be obtained for national, regional and local linguistic transformation and how the prestige, social meaning, knowledge and use of languages with low economic, social and cultural value can be promoted.

One of the outstanding features of this volume is the international perspectives on the language situation that the foreign contributors bring to the debate on language policy development in South Africa. Not only do these contributors offer fresh insights into a debate that has somewhat fallen into a stalemate situation but they also inspire exploration into new avenues of research in the field of politics of language. Another notable feature of the book is the new directions that some of the local contributors develop. New data is presented in a variety of innovative ways. This volume marks a definite turn in scholarly interest in the politics of language in South Africa.

With The Politics of Language in South Africa the editors hope to evoke further discussion on the themes covered in this volume and on the opinions expressed by its contributors. The book is particularly directed at scholars in the field but can also be used effectively as an important reference work in courses in language policy and language planning with a South African focus.

Chapter 1. "A new journey with old symbols": university language policies, internationalism, multilingualism, and the politics of language development in South Africa and the United Kingdom
Chapter 2. Looking back on translation and interpreting in South Africa: a useful tool in the efficient management of linguistic diversity?
Chapter 3. Functional multilingualism at the North-West University: sharing my experiences
Chapter 4. Language development in South Africa ? past and present
Chapter 5. Language, migration and development ? towards an interdisciplinary research agenda
Chapter 6. Multilingualism at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) - perspectives on the SABC as co-orchestrator of language policy
Chapter 7. Ruining "die wonder van onsuiwer Afrikaans": a critique of attempts to regulate the spelling of colloquialisms
Chapter 8. Language, democracy, and governance in South Africa
Chapter 9. Towards a language strategy for Afrikaans: the process before, during and after the Afrikaans Language Indaba of 2004 in Stellenbosch
Chapter 10. On a normative approach to language planning in South Africa

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