A Dictionary of South African Indian English

Overview

South African Indian English (or SAIE) is one of the better-known varieties of English in the Linguistics literature. It arose out of a language shift that occurred when Indians were denied full access to the norms of standard English, partly because of the colonial and especially apartheid influences in South African society and education after the arrival of Indians in South Africa in the late 19th century. Language shift means that speakers no longer command their original languages, even though they often ...

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Overview

South African Indian English (or SAIE) is one of the better-known varieties of English in the Linguistics literature. It arose out of a language shift that occurred when Indians were denied full access to the norms of standard English, partly because of the colonial and especially apartheid influences in South African society and education after the arrival of Indians in South Africa in the late 19th century. Language shift means that speakers no longer command their original languages, even though they often express positive sentiments towards them, especially in cultural and religious spheres.

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An invaluable addition to the literature on the global English lexicon' - Sir David Crystal, editor Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English language
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  • ISBN-13: 9781919895369
  • Publisher: University of Cape Town Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

RAJEND MESTHRIE is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cape Town, where he holds a National Research Foundation (SARCHI) research chair. He is also the current President of the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa. He has published in the field of Sociolinguistics, with special reference to language contact and variation in South Africa. His most recent publication is World Englishes (with Rakesh Bhatt, CUP 2008). He is a regular participant on SAFM’s Word of Mouth radio program, where he appears to have a fairly large following. He is an A-rated researcher, the only linguist in South Africa currently so designated by the NRF.

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