oa Lexikos - Some Lexical Aspects of Cape Muslim Afrikaans

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0039



It is a relatively well known fact that Cape Muslim Afrikaans has its own distinctive pronunciations which at times differ sharply with that of Standard Afrikaans. What is not so well known, is that apart from its core vocabulary, which is derived from Dutch, Cape Muslim Afrikaans also has a distinctive lexical inventory, created to essentially extend the limitations of the nineteenth century Cape Afrikaans. This essay looks at some aspects of that inventory. Retained within this distinctive lexical inventory are many lexical units which were discarded from Standard Afrikaans during the process of standardization. Cape Muslim Afrikaans also inherited some of its unique lexical units from the Malaya-Polynesian languages of the slave ancestors of the Cape Muslim COIJUIlunity, while its vocabulary was further extended by borrowings from the languages of contact, English and French. Lexical items from Arabic came into its lexicon as a result of the translation of Arabic theological and thea-philosophical tracts into the Afrikaans mother tongue of this community.

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