This week GQOM introduces a new section in the blog.

Izzit? comprises links to articles that have appeared in other publications, along with summaries of their content. The articles are not only on South African English (SAE) itself, but cover a broad range of topics on language, linguistics, lexicography and related disciplines.

The aim of the new section is to broaden the scope of the blog without detracting from the core articles on SAE. At the same time, the material in Izzit? furnishes a background of sorts to the kind of language studies presented in the longer articles published here.

More informally, Izzit? is a matter of sharing with GQOM readers “language stuff” I have found interesting.

A Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles defines “is it” as “A rhetorical expression equivalent to ‘really?’ ‘is that so?’, conveying polite interest, astonishment, or incredulity.” Expect to find some of each.


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