oa Lexikos - Some problems in recording and analyzing South African English vocabulary using Non-South African texts (The experiences of an outsider)

Volume 4, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0039



This article descriptionbes some problems in collecting and studying South African English vocabulary on the basis of non-South-African texts faced by a linguist who is a native speaker of American English. The questions are thus: Are non-South-African texts just as reliable as South African texts? More reliable? Less reliable? And is a linguist who is a native speaker of a different variety of English just as reliable as a native? More reliable? Less reliable? It is suggested here that the best way of studying a language, if possible, is by having both insiders and outsiders look at the material.

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