On suggestion of its viewers promises Committee in South Africa, the Carnegie company of recent York in I93I asked Professor Adriaan ]. Barnouw, who's serving as Queen Wilhelmina Professor of the heritage, Language and Literature of the Netherlands, at Columbia college, to go to South Africa for the aim of constructing a comparative research of Afrikaans and of the Dutch language in South Africa. The account of his stopover at, and his ensuing observations are present in the current quantity. My objective in vacationing South Africa was once to listen to Afri kaans spoken prompt, and to satisfy the students who're devoting themselves to the learn of Afrikaans and its literature. This identify for the language which within the 9 teenth century used to be often known as Cape Dutch is in itself a problem and a programme. It announces to the area that South Africa is a white man's nation, and that the white man's language that is primarily South African is the Dutch speech of the Boers. it's a problem, consequently, not just to the local inhabitants, whose an terior rights to the land are held to be outdated via the rights of the pioneers who reclaimed it for civilization, it's a problem additionally to the English, who might declare for his or her language first position in South Africa. One needs to be aware of the tale of the stream for the popularity of Afrikaans to appreciate the religion and the loyalty that the language cult inspires.
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