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|Subject:||Bilingualism (the description of bilingualism)|
|Question:||The principle of ethnic origin takes into account the home language of the child. In countries where bilingual communities are closely intermingled the policy may be to have the child do his schooling in the language which he normally speaks at home. This is the policy, for example, in many parts of South Africa. From William F Mackey's article of ''the description of bilingualism''. My question is: what are some example of these South African countries? Thanks in advance.|
|Reply:||Mackey wrote that article in 1962, when South Africa was a VERY different place politically and organisationally. You will need to look up the history of South Africa to see the details, but it's very much in the news at the moment as a result of the death of Nelson Mandela, so that should be easy enough. The terms 'South Africa' and 'Southern Africa' might be confusing you (and perhaps Mackey did not use them as they are used now: I can't remember). 'Southern Africa' is a geographical term and 'South Africa' is the name of a country. I do not know what the countries of Southern Africa were in 1962, but now they are: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. (I hope I haven't missed any off!) Like all geographical terms there is some flexibility. For example, Mozambique might be seen as a Southern African country by some but 'East African' by others. Anthea|
|Reply From:||Anthea Fraser Gupta click here to access email|