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




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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