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Media: South African Pidgin Threatened by Language Policy

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Fanagalo

Media Body: Fanagalo, the pidgin based on Zulu and English, is spoken in a very specialized environment: it is considered the lingua franca of mines in South Africa. Despite the fact that it is spoken and embraced by 'hundreds of thousands of people' that comprise 36% of the mining workforce, it is already facing opposition from management that wants to enforce English or Xhosa as the language of communication.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/04/us-safrica-mines-language-idUSBRE8330FT20120404
Issue Number: 23.1734
Date Posted: April 04, 2012

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