The words ‘kop’ and ‘gat’ are used in a variety of ways in South African English. Occurring mostly in compound forms – such as chiskop, malkop, loskop, and tikkop; and gatvol, hardegat, kaalgat, and windgat – they have shown great durability and flexibility in constructing new meanings.
South Africa celebrates "Language Month" in February. Various events lead up to Unesco's International Mother Tongue Day on the 21st.
Scholars and their publishers should make more of an effort to ensure that their work is available in other languages
English has a large lexicon for activities relating to drinking alcohol, and being drunk ... and hung over
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Can the imaginary languages Elvish, Dothraki - or even Klingon - be said to have had more of an impact on society than the artificial language Esperanto?
Google Translate's new system can translate between languages without previous examples to work from
Umrabulo refers to political discussion and debate, dating from the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. It may be undergoing something of a revival
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Language movement AfriKaaps has a role to play in reclaiming the Kaaps language variety