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n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Globalisering, die internet en Suid-Afrikaanse tale : 'n verkenning van potensiaal en probleme

Volume 43, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0041-4751

Abstract


In this article the potential of the internet to empower South African minority languages is discussed. Because the internet can be viewed as a globalising medium, different approaches from which globalisation is viewed are discussed. These approaches respectively view the internet as a form of cultural imperialism, a multi-directional process and a means of empowerment. The article outlines the new possibilities for cultural empowerment opened by the internet and illustrates how the internet has benefited the Afrikaans community especially during a time in which the language has lost much of its public functions and is now considered one of the minority languages in South Africa. However, the article also points out that the Digital Divide, the term that has gained popular currency in indicating the economic disparities correlating with lack of access to global new media, hampers the realisation in cyberspace of the post-apartheid ideal of multilingualism. Inequalities with regard to internet access in South Africa are still largely in line with the economic divisions created by apartheid. Positive developments, such as attempts to create multilingual websites or the informal cross-cultural activity in certain virtual communities, are also pointed out.

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2019-08-24

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