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Royal Society of South Africa and the Academy of Science of South Africa invite you to a free public lecture by Professor Rajend Mesthrie, SARCHI Chair, Linguistics Section, School of African & Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics, UCT on How South African languages have influenced each other over the course of history.


This talk will be concerned with the ways in which the many languages of Southern Africa have influenced each other over the last four centuries.  Although South Africa is often characterised by the notorious practice of apartheid which aimed to keep ethnic groups apart, in reality a large amount of contact between groups of people and their languages did occur.  The talk will provide an overview of the extent to which there has been language convergence in South Africa across languages. 

About the Speaker:

Professor Rajend Mesthrie is a SARCHI chair in the Linguistics Section of the School of African and Gender Studies in Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town. Amongst his  publications are Language in South Africa , World Englishes (with Rakesh Bhatt),  A Dictionary of South African Indian English (UCT Press 2010), A Handbook of Sociolinguistics (CUP 2011), and the more “popular” book, Eish, but is it English: celebrating the South African variety (with the journalist Jeanne Hromnik).

Prof. Mesthrie holds a current A-rating from the NRF.

Date:     Wednesday 15 August 2018

Time:    17h00 (Tea will be served from 16h30)

Place:    South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).                                                                


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