Rajend Mesthrie

A robust, living substratum: contact and sociolinguistic factors in the evolution of a variety of Black English in Kimberley, South Africa

Rajend Mesthrie, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701, South Africa, e-mail: rajend.mesthrie@uct.ac.za

1 Introduction

South Africa has seen far-reaching political and social change since the 1990s, which has affected the status and linguistic characteristics of its many languages. As far as English studies are concerned, it is notable that the language continues to spread amongst the multilingual populace, and is prized at the most formal and public occasions. Although politicians and state officials now draw on the local African ...

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