oa Alternation - Language and Apartheid: The Power of Minorities

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Language is never neutral, and in a country such as South Africa with its long history of political struggle, language will be all the more tied in to existing power relationships. Today, after the transition to democracy, structures forged under apartheid still exist and language is one of the means by which these continue to be perpetuated. Hence one of the urgent tasks of a future language policy is to clarify power relationships which are underpinned by language and in this way to open these up for change.

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