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Title: Language in South Africa
Subtitle: The role of language in national transformation, reconstruction and development
Written By: Victor Webb
Series Title: IMPACT: Studies in Language and Society
Description:

Language in South Africa (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’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.


Table of Contents

List of figures, tables, abbreviations, notes on terms, examples of languages, acknowledgements and maps xi
Preface 1
1. Invisible voices: The problem of language in South Africa 5
2. Exploring the maze: The macro-context for language policy and language planning in South Africa 37
3. The nature of things: A sociolinguistic profile of South Africa 63
4. For the people, by the people: Language and state administration 99
5. The power of one: Language and nation 137
6. Growing potential: Language in education 169
7. Spreading the wealth: Language and economic development 217
8. Giving voice: Language promotion 243
9. Steering the course: Language management 281
Bibliography 315
Index 347

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Planning
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ISBN: 9027218498
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Pages: xxviii, 357 pp.
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ISBN: 158811189X
ISBN-13: 9781588111890
Pages: xxviii, 357 pp.
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