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Phonemes, Graphemes and Democracy

The Significance of Accuracy in the Orthographical Development of IsiXhosa

Zandisile W. Saul (author) Rudolph Botha (author)

ISBN: 9781869144388

Publication Date: Oct 2020

Format: Paperback

Provides comprehensive guidelines on important aspects of isiXhosa orthography such as word division, spelling and capitalisation. However, the authors' primary focus is on those challenging areas of standardisation which have not yet been attended to.
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The period 1823 to the present was an important phase in the standardisation of isiXhosa orthography. The early pioneers of a written form of isiXhosa experienced significant challenges in reducing this African language to writing, since there was no reference material other than that designed for the European languages. Over the years, the development of isiXhosa orthography has progressed considerably. However, various inconsistencies and anomalies remain that require the attention of African language specialists.

This book provides comprehensive guidelines on important aspects of isiXhosa orthography such as word division, spelling and capitalisation. However, the authors' primary focus has been those challenging areas of standardisation which have not yet been attended to. This work will make an important contribution to the development of isiXhosa into a fully functional medium of teaching and learning in Higher Education, and facilitate the enhancement of its status as one of South Africa's official languages.
Pages 192
Dimensions 245 x 170
Date Published 30 Oct 2020
Publisher University of KwaZulu-Natal Press
Subject/s Historical & comparative linguistics   Sociolinguistics   Language: history & general works  
Zandisile Saul, the primary author of this book, is a Senior Lecturer in African Languages at the University of Fort Hare, where he has been involved in the teaching of isiXhosa linguistics for many years. He received his doctorate in isiXhosa Applied Linguistics in 2013.

Rudolph Botha is an Adjunct Professor in African Languages at the University of Fort Hare, with a doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch. In addition to his academic commitments, he serves as the Deputy Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Provincial Language Committee.

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