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LINGUIST List 23.1734

Wed Apr 04 2012

Media: South African Pidgin Threatened by Language Policy

Editor for this issue: Brent Woo <bwoolinguistlist.org>


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Date: 04-Apr-2012
From: Brent Woo <bwoolinguistlist.org>
Subject: South African Pidgin Threatened by Language Policy
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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

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Fanagalo (fng)

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