Roots of Afrikaans

Selected writings of Hans den Besten

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  • Editor: Ton van der Wouden1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027273826

Hans den Besten (1948-2010) made numerous contributions to Afrikaans linguistics over a period of nearly three decades. His writings helped shift the perspective on the roots of Afrikaans beyond Dutch to the structure and vocabulary of Khoekhoe, to Portuguese Creole, and to Malay varieties. This volume contains a selection of Den Besten’s most important papers – some of which originally appeared in less accessible journals – concerning the structure and history of Afrikaans. They cover a wide range of topics, including grammatical structure, vocabulary, the historical development of Afrikaans, as well its multiple roots. It is essential reading for any linguist interested in language contact and language change.

Subjects: Historical linguistics; Creole studies; Germanic linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Meertens Institute & University of Leiden

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