n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Taalregte van minderheidsgroepe : 'n basiese mensereg : deel I

Volume 45, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


The Final Constitution (Act no. 108 of 1996) declared eleven languages as official languages. English is, for all practical purposes, the dominant language in South Africa. Although English can also be characterised as a minority language, the other ten languages are all used by minority groups. The Pan South African Language Board (PANSALB) was established to make South Africans aware of their language rights. In this article the concept of language rights are investigated. It intends to demonstrate how the concepts linguistic human right and fundamental human right became intertwined. Because linguistic rights have a connection with a certain language orientation the concept orientation is also discussed. In another section the concept minority language is investigated. To implement the concept linguistic human right, the state must have a language policy and legally regulate specific language rights. In a follow-up contribution the nature of incidents and complaints concerning the implementation of language legislation in South Africa, as reflected in the printed media and to PANSALB, are discussed.

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