n Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Southern Africa - Towards a model for terminology modernisation in the African languages of South Africa

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-5986



The lack of modern terminology in the indigenous languages of South Africa for use in domains such as science, technology and commerce raises the need for a model of intervention for the development of these languages. Accordingly, an attempt will be made in this paper to establish a systematic approach to the modernisation of these languages, and to Venda in particular. The paper argues against simply adopting a puristic or a liberal approach to terminology development in favour of a pragmatic solution which incorporates both approaches.

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