Mother-tongue education in South Africa: the weight of history

  • Klerk G
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In understanding the history and impact of language policies in South Africa, traditional notions of framing ®rst-language maintenance as a linguistic human-rights issue are inadequate. This paper presents an analysis of the role and interests of various political groups as well as sociolinguists in formulating language policies in South Africa. Current language legis-lation in the country Ð which protects and promotes South African languages and virtually guarantees mother-tongue instruction as well as acquisition of second and even third languages Ð came about through conservatives, centrists, and ultra-leftists being able to reach consensus on language issues under the framework of additive multilingualism.

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  • Gerda De Klerk

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