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English in Multilingual South Africa. The linguistics of contact and change.

Raymond Hickey

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 420 pages.

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 scrutinized, whilst highlighting processes of contact, bilingualism, code-switching and language shift.


Introduction Raymond Hickey

I A framework for English in South Africa

South Africa in the linguistic modelling of World Englishes
1. Edgar Schneider

South African English, the Dynamic Model and the challenge of Afrikaans influence
2. Ian Bekker

The historical development of South African English: Semantic features
3. Ronel Wasserman

Regionality in South African English
4. Deon du Plessis, Ian Bekker and Raymond Hickey

Does editing matter? Editorial work, endonormativity and convergence in written Englishes in South Africa
5. Haidee Kruger

II Sociolinguistics, globalisation and multilingualism

Language contact in Cape Town 6. Tessa Dowling, Kay McCormick, Charlyn Dyers

Internal push, external pull: The Reverse Short Front Vowel Shift in South African English
7. Alida Chevalier

Youth language in South Africa: The role of English in South African tsotsitaals
8. Heather Brookes

Econo-language planning in South Africa: From localisation to globalisation
9. Russell Kaschula

Multilingualism in South African education: a southern perspective
10. Christopher Stroud and Kathleen Heugh

III Language interfaces

The influence of English on Afrikaans reconsidered
11. Bertus van Rooy

Shift varieties as a typological class: The evidence from Indian South African English
12. Raymond Hickey

Language use and language shift in post-apartheid South Africa
13. Dorrit Posel and Jochen Zeller

English prepositions in isiXhosa spaces: Evidence from code-switching
14. Silvester Ron Simango

Aspects of sentence intonation in Black South African English
15. Sabine Zerbian

The development of cognitive-linguistic skills in multilingual learners: a perspective of Northern Sotho-English children
16. Carien Wilsenach

The influence of English on South African Sign Language
17. Ella Wehrmeyer