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ERIC Number: ED478745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Language Attitudes and Ethnolinguistic Identity in South Africa: A Critical Review.
Bekker, Ian
The aim of this paper is to emphasize, as stressed by St. Clair (1982), the importance of sociohistorical data in any attempt to determine language attitudes, ethnolinguistic identity, and the ecological status of a minority language. This importance is illustrated within the context of research on language attitudes toward isiXhosa, a Nguni language spoken in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The paper shows that conceptions of isiXhosa identity and ethnicity are often simplistic in nature and do not accurately represent the complexities inherent in the society and history of the isiXhosa-speaking peoples. The implications of this state of affairs for language attitude research are illustrated by showing how the results of an example of such research, which does not take the mentioned complexities into account, remain difficult to interpret. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa