n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Liberalisme en refleksiewe rassisme in alledaagse gesprekke oor taal en veeltaligheid

Volume 45, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


This article reports a rhetorical and ideological discourse analysis of the conversations of English and Afrikaans speakers about language and multilingualism in their school and in South Africa in general. It is argued that multilingualism is resisted by the participants and that the hegemony of English is normalised by linking languages like Afrikaans and isiXhosa to force, misunderstanding and racism. English, on the contrary, is described as liberal, inclusive and a manifestation of a national, South African identity. The effect is that especially isiXhosa remains caught in a racist language order and that the marginalisation of languages other than English acquires ideological legitimacy.

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