Johannesburg skyline *
Here’s a link to another post I wrote for Oxford Dictionaries in 2011:
– this one on South African author Lauren Beukes‘ use of SA English (SAE) in her Arthur C Clarke award-winning novel Zoo City. (Winning the Clarke award for science fiction is a big deal – take a look at the list of winners.)
In her first two novels Moxyland (2008) and Zoo City (2010) Beukes’ characters make much use of SAE to create a feeling for a near-future alt-Mzansi that nevertheless speaks to a contemporary world.
Words and phrases I examine there include Jozi, fong kong, kwerekwere, (the real) makhoya and moegoe.