language and identity

 
Language can be a powerful cohesive tool
Language can be a powerful cohesive tool
Social cohesion should unquestionably be among the matters at the top of our agenda if we are to hold together on critical national issues. And...
SA is rich in undervalued languages, but greedy for more
SA is rich in undervalued languages, but greedy for more
On July 16, the minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga, released Circular S10 of 2015: "Incremental Implementation of Mandarin as a Nonofficial...
Amid the deafening silence are bits and pieces of God
Amid the deafening silence are bits and pieces of God
At the height of apartheid-regime repression, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu would declare with unstinting confidence that "God is on our side!"....
Let's speak the languages we dream in
Let's speak the languages we dream in
The vexed question of language dominated last Wednesday evening's launch of my novel The Texture of Shadows at the auditorium of the Steve...
Universities need to get to grips with cultural diversity
Universities need to get to grips with cultural diversity
How should we understand and work with cultural diversity on our university campuses?
Jansen: Wrest power from English tyranny
Jansen: Wrest power from English tyranny
My first consciousness of English was at the hands of the local “bubby”, as we called the Indian shopkeeper on the Cape Flats, a man...
'Attacks on black pupils must end'
'Attacks on black pupils must end'
A coalition of community members and parents intends to march on Hoër Volkskool in Heidelberg, southeast of Johannesburg, on October 7 in...
National culture: We need to talk about it
National culture: We need to talk about it
What a ride we have been through these past two weeks. The word "spear" will never have the same ring to it again, thanks to all the attention that...
Anglicisms 'leaken' into German language
Anglicisms 'leaken' into German language
Germans are already "chillen" in their downtime, "surfen" the internet and, when they leave a nightclub, they may go on to "ein afterparty".
Do we want a nation of coconuts?
Do we want a nation of coconuts?
During a late-evening conversation with my six-year-old son, I was gobsmacked by his reasoning in asserting that he is not Zulu.

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