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Title:Constructing an inclusive speech community from two mutually excluding ones: the third Afrikaans language movement
Author:Webb, VicISNI
Periodical:Tydskrif vir letterkunde (ISSN 0041-476X)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Afrikaans language
language policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.4314/tvl.v47i1.50495
Abstract:The article deals with the aim of leaders in the Afrikaans community to maintain Afrikaans as a language of high-function formal contexts in post-1994 South Africa through the construction of a community which meaningfully includes all its speakers as members, referred to as a 'speech community'. Basing the concept 'speech community' on S. Johnson and T. Milani's description of such a language as 'a complete and society-bearing language' and on A. Pavlenko and A. Blackledge's notion of 'a public', it lists the obstacles which the development of an 'inclusive Afrikaans community' needs to deal with and discusses five issues which have to be debated in such a developmental process. The article also provides a brief overview of activities which the Afrikaans establishment has organized since 2003 (referring to them as 'the third Afrikaans language movement') to restore the language-political status of Afrikaans, and asks whether the emphasis on constructing an inclusive speech community is a creative way of addressing the problem with which they wish to deal. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]