oa Alternation - Language Maintenance in South Africa: Hoarding Dreams, Hiding the Springs of Identity?

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The questions surrounding the complex and often emotionally charged relationship between language and identity, can be approached from a number of different perspectives. Such questions can be treated to philosophical investigation, to sociological investigation, to educational or psychological investigation, as well as to linguistic (or to be more precise, sociolinguistic) investigation. It is the latter perspective I wish to adopt in this paper, taking the views of Edwards (1985) on the language/identity relation as a point of departure and exploring, albeit tentatively, the implications of these views for the debate on the continued co-existence of the languages of South Africa.

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