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  Afrikaans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Afrikaans is a West Germanic language mainly spoken in South Africa and Namibia with smaller numbers of speakers in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Afrikaans was considered a Dutch dialect until the late 19th century, when it began to be recognised as a distinct language, and it gained equal status with Dutch and English as an official language in South Africa in 1925.
Afrikaans is linguistically closely related to 17th century/18th century Dutch dialects spoken in North and South Holland and, by extension, to modern Dutch.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Afrikaans   (2261 words)

Afrikaans is a West Germanic language spoken by 6,200,000 in South Africa and Namibia of whom 1,000,000 are native Afrikaans/English bilinguals.
Afrikaans was originally the dialect that developed among the Calvinist settlers and indentured workers brought to the Cape area in southwestern South Africa by the Dutch East India Company between 1652 and 1705.
Afrikaans vocabulary diverged from the vocabulary of 17th century Dutch spoken in the Netherlands.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/december/Afrikaans.html   (406 words)

 1 Postcolonialism and Afrikaans literature
Afrikaans is a separate language that developed out of the Dutch spoken by the first colonizers of South Africa (the Dutch East India Trading Company that established a refreshment station at the Cape in 1652) with demonstrable influences of Malay, Portugese, Khoi, High and Low German, French, Arabic, fl languages and English (Ponelis 1993: 99-120).
Afrikaans also came to be identified with the oppressive ideology of apartheid because of events like the Soweto riots in 1976 that centered around the enforced use of Afrikaans in fl schools.
Voicing the "double identity" of Afrikaans, the fl Afrikaans writer Hein Willemse stated in 1987 that one had to accept "that Afrikaans is at once the language of the conqueror and the language of the oppressed" and argued for the continued use of Afrikaans as an instrument in the struggle against apartheid (1987: 239).
www.postcolonialweb.org /sa/viljoen/1.html   (1853 words)

Afrikaans developed from 17th century Dutch: The East India Company (VOC) chose the Cape of Good Hope as a resting place on the route to the Indies in the 17th century.
Afrikaans had grown from a "language with lower functions" into a "language with higher functions" (justice, politics etc).
Afrikaans is also the most widely spread language in South Africa, and is used as a lingua franca between speakers of other tongues.
www.ned.univie.ac.at /publicaties/taalgeschiedenis/en/afrikaans.htm   (1280 words)

 Afikaans language, alphabet and pronunciation
Afrikaans is a descendent of Dutch which is spoken mainly in South Africa and Namibia by about 6 million people.
Afrikaans retains some features of 18th century Dutch, together with vocabulary from various Bantu and Khoisan languages and also from Portugese and Malay.
Afrikaans, written with the Latin alphabet, started to appeared in newspapers and political and religious works in about 1850.
www.omniglot.com /writing/afrikaans.htm   (459 words)

 Afrikaans: A Story of Success   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Cape in the mid to late nineteenth century the Afrikaans population octupled from 22,000 to 160,000.
However, the study of Afrikaans in the field of historical linguistics is full of disagreements as to the exact path of development followed by the Afrikaans language.
Afrikaans is a success story of a patriotic people struggling to find something to call their own.
linguistics.byu.edu /classes/ling450ch/reports/afrikaans.htm   (1940 words)

 Afrikaans.be: februari 2002 Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Afrikaans, on the contrary, was belittled by ascribing to it a mean and doubtful birth, as the language of Hottentots, its utility was denied, because it was poor in vocabulary and inflexions, and it was said to have no grammar, no literature.
Although by 1914 Afrikaans had gained much ground as a cultural language, the attitude of the church towards the Afrikaans movement was one of withholding approval, for the church seldom experiments with new things and even more seldom with causes of discord.
Afrikaans is also recognized oversea: it can be heard on the radio from Holland and England; there is a chair of Afrikaans at Amsterdam; before World War II it was taught at the University of Berlin, and attention is paid to it at University College, London.
afrikaans.be /argief/2002/02   (10940 words)

 Afrikaans phrasebook - Wikitravel
Afrikaans is spoken throughout South Africa and Namibia.
Note that although afrikaans digraphs and trigraphs contain mostly vowels and sound as though they contain many syllables, they infact are seen as a single syllable.
Afrikaans grammar is really quite simple and bears the most grammatical resemblence to english, than any other germanic language.
wikitravel.org /en/Afrikaans_phrasebook   (766 words)

 History of Afrikaans
The Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument is situated in Paarl.
The Afrikaans language Museum is now situated in this building where one may view the first printing press used to produce Afrikaans publications such as "Die Patriot".
The Afrikaans Language Monument was erected in 1975 to honour the Afrikaans Language.
www.places.co.za /html/afrikaans.html   (436 words)

 Wazzit-EN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Afrikaans is spoken by pockets of speakers from different races and cultures in all sub-equatorial African countries, but mainly from those countries bordering the Republic of South Africa.
In the late nineteenth century, when most research on Afrikaans was based not on empirical, historical and etimological studies, but rather on the personal opinions of famous scholars, Afrikaans was regarded as a creole of Dutch.
Afrikaans is taught as a subject at universities in several countries, most notably Europe.
www.afrikaans.com /wazzit-EN.html   (1135 words)

 Afrikaans on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
AFRIKAANS [Afrikaans], member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages).
Afrikaans is spoken by close to 8 million people in the Republic of South Africa, where it is an official language, and by about 1.5 million people in Namibia, where it is the common language of most of the population.
The slaves' languages in the Dutch Cape Colony and Afrikaans vir(*).
www.encyclopedia.com /html/a/afrikaan.asp   (1029 words)

 Afrikaans Children's Books, Afrikaans Dictionary, Afrikaans Fonts, Afrikaans Harry Potter, Afrikaans Keyboard Stickers, ...
Afrikaans is one of the two official languages of the Republic of South Africa, the other being English.
Afrikaans is a development of 17th-century Dutch brought to South Africa by the first settlers from Holland.
Afrikaans has served as the basis for other, more ephemeral, mixed languages in South Africa.It has complex origins - which it demonstrates in a rich variety of loanwords from Portuguese, Malay, Bantu languages and Khoisan languages.
www.worldlanguage.com /Languages/Afrikaans.htm   (343 words)

 What is Afrikaans?
Afrikaans is one of the youngest germanic languages.
Afrikaans is mainly a white language (by "white" we include the so-called coloureds).
Wie skryf nog afrikaans daar is n verbeterings draai hulle noem dit engels ek voel meer gemaklik om in die taal te skryf dit het darm n spellcheck ook.
www.strauss.za.com /afr/afrikaans.html   (4329 words)

 List of English words of Afrikaans origin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
British English has absorbed Afrikaans words primarily via British soldiers who served in the Boer Wars.
There are almost innumerable borrowings from Afrikaans in South African English, including braai (a shortening of braaivleis, a barbecue), dorp (a small town), kraal (a corruption of the Portuguese curral, an enclosure for cattle), laager (a defensive circle of wagons) and lekker (a slang word for 'nice' or 'good').
Cyberbraai has a more complete list of these words, as well as several words from various African languages, such as Zulu.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Afrikaans_origin   (232 words)

My interest in the Afrikaans language started in about 1970 when I first returned from a three-year tour of duty with NATO in The Netherlands.
This interest in Afrikaans lead to an interest in the country, South Africa.
It was not until the early 1990, however that I finally took the opportunity to learn more about the history of the country and the language.
www.larrymcelhiney.com /Afrikaans.html   (270 words)

 Portfolio - Afrikaans and English translation and editing by Samuel Murray-Smit
It was quite a challenge to translate it into Afrikaans, since apart from the usual GUI terminology it also featured quite a lot of computer graphics and historic mathematics terminology.
This is a project in which a brief introduction about Afrikaans is translated by volunteers into various world languages.
My lists of Afrikaans automobile terminology and wine terminology are still unrivalled on the web (and have been included in the flash card software VTrain), and my list of Afrikaans computer terminology has been incorporated into the WAITT list (previously sponsored by the Afrikaans Foundation).
www.leuce.com /translate/portfolio.html   (1191 words)

 We want Afrikaans - Students   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
During a protest march on campus, the group delivered a memorandum to the university administration to complain about what they said was the marginalising of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.
He alleged that staff being hired at the university did not speak "a word of Afrikaans" and suggested that this increased the workload of Afrikaans-speaking staff.
Mohono said he had also seen a member of staff "waving her hands and cheering in support of the marchers" as they gathered outside the university's administration building where they delivered the memorandum.
www.news24.com /News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1756273,00.html   (373 words)

 Afrikaans Translation Service - English to Afrikaans Translation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
You probably don't speak Afrikaans yourself, so there are a few questions you'll need to consider when choosing a translation company.
To ensure our translators keep abreast of the language our Afrikaans translators live in-county and translate into their mother tongue.
Professional translators whose native language is English and speak fluent Afrikaans perform our Afrikaans to English translation.
www.appliedlanguage.com /languages/afrikaans_translation.shtml   (540 words)

 South African Languages | Afrikaans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The language Afrikaans has its roots in seventeenth century Dutch but it has been influenced by many languages including: English, Malay, German, Portuguese, French and some African languages.
Up until the 19th century Afrikaans acted only as the spoken language and Dutch was used as the formal and written language.
It is important to note that Afrikaans is spoken by all races and ethnic groups in South Africa and much has been done in recent years to promote varieties of this language that were suppressed during the years of Apartheid.
www.cyberserv.co.za /users/~jako/lang/afr.htm   (278 words)

 Afrikaans translation, English to Afrikaans translation, Afrikaans to English translation, Afrikaans web site ...
Whether you are an Afrikaans company hoping to break into the English speaking market or you have a product to sell to Zimbabwe, Namibia, or South Africa, WTB Language Group can help you.
Professional translators whose native language is Afrikaans perform our English to Afrikaans translation.
They have in-depth understanding of the subject matter and solid mastering of the Afrikaans language including its spelling, grammar, and cultural appropriateness.
www.wintranslation.com /languages/afrikaans.html   (344 words)

 Afrikaans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Afrikaans is a language spoken in southern Africa, primarily in South Africa, Zimbabwae, and Namibia.
Lots of cool information about Afrikaans is going to go here, but for now, let it be known that Afrikaans was developed primarily by the Afrikaners, but they are far from the only ones who speak it.
I have made a few common Afrikaans words and phrases available.
www.science.gmu.edu /~bwallet/afrikaans.html   (63 words)

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