oa South African Journal of Science - Environmental science investigations of folk taxonomy and other forms of indigenous knowledge - invited commentary

Volume 116 Number 1-2
  • ISSN : 0038-2353
  • E-ISSN: 1996-7489



The strides made in standardising English and Afrikaans frog names created a gap to achieve the same for the other South African languages spoken by the majority of the country’s population. This gap hints at an exclusion of indigenous languages and associated cultures from wildlife-related matters. Frog names in indigenous languages are part of mostly undocumented cultural/indigenous knowledge systems and they are subject to indigenous naming and classification guidelines. Indigenous names often have localised use due to cultural specificity.

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