Where would we be without language as a tool for reflection how a society works

28 Dec

Afrikaans was a language of oppressors, the arrival of the Dutch in South Africa made the birth of this language possible

Whether or not Afrikaans is referred as a pidgin language

I am curious which non-European languages are represented in Afrikaans ?


3 Responses to “Where would we be without language as a tool for reflection how a society works”

  1. marcusampe December 30, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    In case the Dutch speaking people went to an other continent and stayed in isolation and kept to their strong ‘Calvinist’ ideas, they could have developed an other form or nearly the same form as the contemporary Afrikaans, having the old Dutch as the basic still going on, and taking in new words from other languages. The other Dutch speaking people let their language develop more, but also took new words in and changed grammar and other linguistic rules under influence of the other languages around them.

  2. marcusampe December 30, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    A good way to form an idea of infiltrated ‘foreign’ or non-Dutch words is to look into the Etymological Dictionary.

    Other interesting site to look at is: The Roepstem > http://roepstem.net/index.html + http://www.roepstem.net/snaaks.html

    Please do find some interesting differences between the contemporary Dutch and Afrikaans in http://marcusampe.wordpress.com/2011/12/25/anc-wil-afrikaans-wissen-2-afrikaanse-woorden-tegenover-nederlands/

  3. Doña Dulcinea December 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks Marcus, for your reply and links. I will read them. I don’t know a lot about this history yet, but it makes me curious. Especially because I think it was not an accident how Afrikaans has developed themselves the way it is. It reminds me of how Christianity used images of old religions to make Christianity as a new religion acceptable and easier to adapt into the lives of the people of that time. This didn’t happened accidently. The primary language of a country is a tool to spread ideas and get grip of the mind of people, it’s depending on who has the power if this will be good or a bad thing in the lives of the citizens

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