n Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Southern Africa - Language in South Africa, R. Mesthrie, ed. : book review

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-5986



Extracted from text ... Language in South Africa Mesthrie, R. ed. 2002. Language in South Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 485pp. Southern Africa provides a fascinating laboratory in which the complex dynamics of multilingual societies can be studied. Although this region offers almost unlimited scope for sociolinguists and scholars of related disciplines, relatively few books have been published in these fields. In this regard Language in South Africa (LSA) and its predecessor, Language and social history: studies in South African sociolinguistics (LSH), fill a major gap. The publishers describe LSA as `a comprehensive and wide-ranging guide to languages and society in South Africa'. ..

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