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ERIC Number: ED011661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Pages: 16
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LANGUAGE AND "NATIONALISM" IN SOUTH AFRICA.
BERGHE, P. VAN DEN
THE ONLY GROUP IN SOUTH AFRICA TO HAVE DEVELOPED A NATIONALISM BASED, AT LEAST PARTLY, ON ETHNICITY AND LANGUAGE ARE THE AFRIKANERS. DUE TO AFRIKANER FEELINGS OF NATIONALISM, ATTEMPTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO SEGREGATE AFRICANS AND NON-AFRICANS OF DIFFERENT LANGUAGE GROUPS FROM THE AFRIKANERS AND FROM EACH OTHER. MOTHER-TONGUE INSTRUCTION IS STRESSED AT ALL LEVELS OF SCHOOLING DESPITE THE PREFERENCE OF AFRICANS TO BE TAUGHT IN ENGLISH. ASSUMING A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT IN THE FUTURE, THE PRESENT SITUATION, WHEREIN OFFICIAL STATUS IS GRANTED ONLY TO THE TWO MAIN LANGUAGES, ENGLISH AND AFRIKAANS, IS UNLIKELY TO BE ACCEPTABLE TO MOST SOUTH AFRICANS, AND MOST EDUCATED AFRICANS WOULD PROBABLY BE RELUCTANT TO SUBSTITUTE A BANTU LANGUAGE AS THE OFFICIAL TONGUE. GRANTING EQUAL STATUS TO ALL FIVE MAJOR LANGUAGES WOULD BE COSTLY AND ADMINISTRATIVELY INEFFICIENT. ONE WORKABLE SOLUTION SEEMS TO BE TO RECOGNIZE ENGLISH AS THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE, WHILE USING THE OTHER FOUR MAIN LANGUAGES (AFRIKAANS, XHOSA, SOTHO, AND ZULU) AS OFFICIAL REGIONAL SECOND LANGUAGES. (NC)
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Identifiers: SOUTH AFRICA; XHOSA; ZULU