oa Advocate - Speaking in tongues - A Namibian experience

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8743



Constitutional provisions do not change linguistic realities in polyglot countries. Namibia's constitution proclaims English as the national language. The lingua franca of the country has been and remains, Afrikaans. When English is used, it often emerges in a form which local wits have dubbed ""Namlish"". The pro's and con's of the constitutional language policy, and the reasons for it, are another matter. Of interest here is what happens in the courts - and this certainly reflects reality. The courts have been practical in their approach to accommodate this reality. Effective justice has taken precedence over constitutional requirements.

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