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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Afrikaans of L2-teachers in Qwa-Qwa: A fossilized interlanguage? (Afrikaans) Add Dissertation
Author: Marga Stander Update Dissertation
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Institution: Vista University, Afrikaans
Completed in: 1998
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): Afrikaans
Director(s): D. Wybenga

Abstract: This thesis looks at the Afrikaans of L2 teachers in the Qwa-Qwa area (South Africa) and how the interlanguage of these teachers is transferred to the pupils. A contrastive analysis was done to establish the differences between the L1 (Sesotho) and the L2 (Afrikaans) of these teachers. The hypothesis of the thesis is that the interlanguage is fossilized and transferred to learners of the L2. These learners become students at university and it is noted by lecturers at the University of Qwa-Qwa that there are similarities between the interlanguage of the teachers and the students. This has the implication that continuous language transfer can eventually lead to a situation of fossilization; not only of the individual's interlanguage, but that of the whole speech community.