n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Inhoudsontleding van die gesprek rondom Afrikaans in die gedrukte media vir die tydperk April 1994 tot 1996 Afdeling A : taal as probleem, en taal as reg

Volume 41, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


The language question nearly jeopardised the negotiations to a peaceful settlement, the language question in general, and the position of Afrikaans in particular, being a focal point. Using a number of national newspapers and periodicals as basis, a content analysis of the debate concerning the status of Afrikaans in the period of the Interim Constitution was undertaken. The point of departure was the three orientations distinguished by Ruíz (1988). In the first part of the series a content analysis regarding two of the three orientations, viz language-as-problem and language-as-right, is undertaken. The third orientation, language-as-resource, will be discussed in part B.

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