Language in South Africa

The role of language in national transformation, reconstruction and development

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<i>Language in South Africa</i> (LiSA) debates the role of language and language planning in the reconstruction, development and transformation of post-apartheid democratic South Africa. The 1996 constitution of South Africa is founded on the political philosophy of pluralism and is directed at promoting democratic values, equity and non-discrimination, human rights, national unity and the development of all the country&#8217;s communities. The question asked in LiSA is how language planning can contribute towards the attainment of these national ideals. Set against the language political realities of the country — the a-symmetric power relations between the languages; the striking differences in the structural; functional and symbolic adaptation of the official languages; and the many language-related problems in the country — it debates the role of language in state administration, national integration, educational development and economic development. The volume concludes with a discussion of language development and language management.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; English linguistics; Language policy; Afro-Asiatic languages; Germanic linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Pretoria

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