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Fri Jun 19 2020

Books: English in Multilingual South Africa: Hickey (ed.)

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Date: 27-May-2020
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Subject: English in Multilingual South Africa: Hickey (ed.)
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Title: English in Multilingual South Africa
Subtitle: The Linguistics of Contact and Change
Series Title: Studies in English Language
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Raymond Hickey
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108580977 Pages: 274 Price: U.S. $ 100.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108425346 Pages: 274 Price: U.S. $ 125.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108425346 Pages: 274 Price: U.K. £ 95.00

South Africa is a country characterised by great linguistic diversity. Large indigenous languages, such as isiZulu and isiXhosa, are spoken by many millions of people, as well as the languages with European roots, such as Afrikaans and English, which are spoken by several millions and used by many more in daily life. This situation provides a plethora of contact scenarios, all of which have resulted in language variation and change, and which forms the main focus of this insightful volume. Written by a team of leading scholars, it investigates a range of sociolinguistic factors and the challenges that South Africans face as a result of multilingualism and globalisation in both education and social interaction. The historical background to English in South Africa provides a framework within which the interfaces with other languages spoken in the country are scrutinised, whilst highlighting processes of contact, bilingualism, code-switching and language shift.

Part I. A Framework for English in South Africa:
1. English in South Africa – contact and change Raymond Hickey
2. South Africa in the linguistic modelling of world Englishes Edgar Schneider
3. South African English, the dynamic model and the challenge of Afrikaans influence Ian Bekker
4. The historical development of South African English: semantic features Ronel Wasserman
5. Regionality in South African English Deon du Plessis, Ian Bekker and Raymond Hickey
6. Does editing matter? Editorial work, endonormativity and convergence in written Englishes in South Africa Haidee Kotze
Part II. Sociolinguistics, Globalisation and Multilingualism:
7. Language contact in Cape Town Tessa Dowling, Kay McCormick and Charlyn Dyers
8. Internal push, external pull: the reverse short front vowel shift in South African English Alida Chevalier
9. Youth language in South Africa: the role of English in South African Tsotsitaals Heather Brookes
10. Econo-language planning and transformation in South Africa: from localisation to globalisation Russell Kaschula
11. Multilingualism in South African education: a southern perspective Kathleen Heugh and Christopher Stroud
Part III. Language Interfaces:
12. Present-day Afrikaans in contact with English Bertus van Rooy
13. Shift varieties as a typological class? A consideration of South African Indian English Raymond Hickey
14. Language use and language shift in post-Apartheid South Africa Dorrit Posel and Jochen Zeller
15. English prepositions in isiXhosa spaces: evidence from code-switching Silvester Ron Simango
16. Aspects of sentence intonation in Black South African English Sabine Zerbian
17. The development of cognitive-linguistic skills in multilingual learners: a perspective of Northern Sotho-English children Carien Wilsenach
18. Linguistic interference in interpreting from English to South African sign language Ella Wehrmeyer
Timeline for South African history

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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