oa Lexikos - Legal Terminology in African Languages



This article deals with the project on legal tenninology in the African languages. It focuses on tenninology aspects relating to the coining of tenns for the legal profession. Tenninology development in South Africa has been hampered by a number of sociolinguistic factors. During recent years South Africa has seen considerable changes regarding the function of the indigenous languages, and this situation gave rise to an urgent need for tenninology in various subject fields and knowledge domains. A demand arose for legal tenninology in African languages. This need for legal tenninology gave rise to the establishment of the Centre for Legal Terminology in African Languages. The aim of the Centre is to make legal tenninology more accessible to the local indigenous population. The background of the legal tenninology project is given and the various principles on which the working procedure is based, are discussed. Various aspects regarding the present project (such as financing, time-schedule, training and tenninological problems encountered) are treated.


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