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Afrikaans is an official language of South Africa where it is spoken by 6.2 million people as a first and by over 10 million people as a second language (Ethnologue).
Afrikaans grammar is closely related to the grammar of modern Dutch.
Afrikaans is considered to be a Category I language in terms of difficulty for speakers of English.
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  Afrikaans grammar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Afrikaans grammar is the study of the grammar of the Afrikaans language.
Grammatically, Afrikaans is very analytic -- indeed it may be said to be the most analytic of the Indo-European languages.
Like other Germanic languages, Afrikaans also has an analytic passive voice that is formed in the present tense by using the auxiliary verb "word" + past participle, and, in the past tense, by using the auxiliary "is" + past participle, i.e.
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 Afrikaans language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Afrikaans was considered a Dutch dialect until the early 20th century, when it began to be widely recognized as a distinct language.
Afrikaans is linguistically closely related to 17th century Dutch dialect spoken in North and South Holland, and to modern Dutch by extension.
Afrikaans is the first language of approximately 60% of South Africa's whites, and over 90% of the "Coloured" (mixed-race) population.
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 Afrikaans at AllExperts
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 and 18th century Dutch dialects spoken in North and South Holland and, by extension, to modern Dutch.
Afrikaans grammar and spelling is simpler than that of Dutch, in the same sense and to approximately the same degree that English grammar is simpler than German grammar.
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 Grammar - Unipedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Prescriptive grammars are usually based on the prestige dialects of a speech community, and often specifically condemn certain constructions which are common only among lower socioeconomic groups, such as the use of "ain't" and double negatives in English.
A descriptive grammar is a grammar that describes the language as it is actually used by people, regardless of whether prescriptive grammars would consider a construction correct or not.
The formal study of grammar is an important part of education from a young age through advanced learning, though the rules taught in schools are not a "grammar" in the sense most linguists use the term, as they are often prescriptive rather than descriptive.
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 Afrikaans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Research by indicates that until 1807, 36.8% of the ancestors of the White Afrikaans speaking population were Dutch, 35% were German, 14.6% were French and 7.2% non-white.
Afrikaans is linguistically closely related to 17th century Dutch, and to modern Dutch by extension.
In 1976, rioting broke out in Soweto as the result of the apartheid government's requirement that Afrikaans rather than English be used as the medium of instruction in fl schools.
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 Afrikaans language Information - TextSheet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Afrikaans is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa and Namibia.
Research by J. Heese indicates that until 1807, 36,8% of the forefathers of the "white" Afrikaans speaking population were Dutch, 35% were German, 14,6% were French and 7,2% "Non White".
The first Afrikaans grammars and dictionaries were published in 1875 by the Genootskap vir Regte Afrikaanders (Society for Real Afrikaners) in Cape Town.
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 Afrikaans Tangle - Basically a tangle of Afrikaans links
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.
Many modern Afrikaans speakers are well educated, and are able to gain success in developed countries, which is why pockets of Afrikaans speakers are found in most large Western cities.
Elementary Afrikaans is quite easy, owing to the fact that the base grammar structure is simple, and words are generally written the way they are pronounced.
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 Afrikaans Children's Books, Afrikaans Dictionary, Afrikaans Fonts, Afrikaans Games, Afrikaans Harry Potter, Afrikaans ...
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.
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Afrikaans is a relatively young language, yet it is very old.
Afrikaans vocabulary remained closer to the medieval languages than Dutch, but Dutch Grammar stayed closer to the common language of centuries ago.
Afrikaans is taught at Universities in Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, and the USA.
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 Afrikaans - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
After discovering that Koos (the token Afrikaans speaking figure) forgot to bring the women with, they decided that they needed to communicate with the local wildlife in order to seduce them.
Afrikaans people like to sing along to this music because it requires a very low intellect to understand and remember the song.
Noot vir noot is presented by an Afrikaans speaking Parrot and the contestants are members of the public that meet the minimum weight requirement of 100kg.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Afrikaans   (1128 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
S.’s comprehensive reference grammar, based on her extensive fieldwork in Bolivia, is aimed at linguists from all backgrounds.
The grammar is divided into a chapter on phonology (ch.2) and six chapters on morphology, including morphological processes (ch.3), the nominal system (ch.4), pronouns and reference (ch.5), adjectives and adverbs (ch.6), quantification (ch.7), and the verbal system (ch.8).
A Grammar of the Norman French of the Channel Islands: the Dialects of Jersey and Sark.
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 South Africa Guide:Language,Languages spoken in South Africa South Africa has no fewer than 11 official langua.
It’s still widely believed that Afrikaans is spoken exclusively by descendants of the Dutch settlers in South Africa (members of the Afrikaner tribe), but in fact it’s spoken by as many non-white as white South Africans – roughly 3 million of each.
Afrikaans developed out of Dutch from the 17th century, when the first settlers arrived, gradually dispensing with the Dutch language’s complex grammar and acquiring words from English, French, indigenous African languages and even the languages spoken by East Asian slaves.
Afrikaans is the dominant language in the Western and Northern Cape, while in the Free State it’s the language of the media.
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 Columbia Encyclopedia- Afrikaans - AOL Research & Learn
Although its classification is still disputed, it is generally considered an independent language rather than a dialect or variant of Dutch (see Dutch language).
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.
Its vocabulary is essentially similar to that of Dutch; Afrikaans has absorbed quite a few words from the Khoisan languages, Bantu (such as words designating local flora and fauna), and English.
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 Amazon.ca: Books: Teach Yourself Afrikaans Complete Course   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The book presents grammar and vocabulary in reasonable amounts, and is generally pretty good about introducing them in situations the reader can realistically expect to find him-/herself in.
One reason for learning Afrikaans may be as a stepping stone to learning Dutch, as the two languages are closely related.
The main differences bewteen this book (TYA) and Donaldson's Colloquial Afrikaans (CA), is that TYA (a) doesn't have cassettes available, (b) TYA introduces a much broader vocabulary (almost too much at times), and (c) CA is more modern, both in terms of vocabulary presented and dialogs.
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This influenced vocabulary and grammar and it prevented the children’s pidgin from fully adopting their nannies' Creole.
Its influence organised grammar and it unified the different local and ethnical varieties of Afrikaans.
The nineteenth-century version of Afrikaans spoken by the white farmers in the eastern part of the vast Cape Colony became the official version.
www.lycos.com /info/afrikaans.html?page=2   (198 words)

 Afrikaans phrasebook - Wikitravel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
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 in fact are seen as a single syllable.
Afrikaans grammar is really quite simple and bears more grammatical resemblance to English than any other Germanic language.
wikitravel.org /en/Afrikaans_phrasebook   (904 words)

 Afrikaans (from West Germanic languages) --  Encyclopædia Britannica
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Afrikaans and English are the only Indo-European languages among the many official languages of South Africa.
Present and earlier forms of German, English, Dutch-Flemish, Afrikaans, Yiddish, Frisian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, and Faeroese belong to the family of languages called Germanic.
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 How does Afrikaans grammar compare to English grammar | Antimoon Forum
We often hear how simple basic English grammar is compared to other European languages, in terms of gender, verb forms, cases, adjective endings etc. But I have heard that Afrikaans is even more straightforward.
Afrikaans has a lot in common with Dutch, but certainly not in a grammatical aspect.
Afrikaans vs Dutch and is similar to Vernacular Brazilian Portuguese (spoken by 2/3 of Brazilian Population, low class people) vs Standard Portuguese are in similar relationship:
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The first Afrikaans grammars and dictionaries were published in 1875 by the Genootskap vir Regte Afrikaners ("Society for Real Afrikaners") in Cape Town.
The main Afrikaans dictionary is the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (WAT), which is as yet incomplete due to the scale of the project, but the one volumed dictionary in household use is the Verklarende Handwoordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal, colloquially referred to as HAT.
Although Afrikaans has diverged from Dutch over the past three centuries, it still shares approximately 85 percent of its vocabulary with that language, and Afrikaans speakers are able to learn Dutch within a comparatively short period of time.
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 Afrikaans Translation - Translate Afrikaans Language Translator
Afrikaans is very similar to Flemish - certainly speakers of each language can make themselves easily understood by speakers of the other.
Written Afrikaans differs from Dutch in that the spelling reflects a phonetically simplified language, and so many consonants are dropped.
The new dispensation meant that Afrikaans was often downgraded by, in favour of English, or so as to accommodate the new official languages.
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Markey’s findings were to a large extent consonant with those of the South African ”philologists”, who focused their attention on linguistic features of Afrikaans that were absent in Modern Dutch, but could be found in Dutch dialects, particularly in those spoken in the 17th century, when the first Dutch colonists arrived in the Cape.
Literary Cape Afrikaans, on the other hand, covers a wide spectrum of topics, and attempts to reflect informal spoken discourse, particularly by adapting the orthography to the typically Cape pronunciation, and incorporates lexical, semantic and syntactic characteristics.
To name one or two examples:  The Afrikaans verbal system has slowly been undergoing a process of regularization, in that remnants of the preterite in Standard Afrikaans are gradually being eliminated.
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 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
S.’s comprehensive reference grammar, based on her extensive fieldwork in Bolivia, is aimed at linguists from all backgrounds.
The grammar is divided into a chapter on phonology (ch.2) and six chapters on morphology, including morphological processes (ch.3), the nominal system (ch.4), pronouns and reference (ch.5), adjectives and adverbs (ch.6), quantification (ch.7), and the verbal system (ch.8).
A Grammar of the Norman French of the Channel Islands: the Dialects of Jersey and Sark.
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 Humanities Library
Afrikaans and Netherlandic Language and Literature books are kept on Level 5 of the Library
If we do not have the journal in print, our Inter-Library Loans department may be able to arrange a photocopy of the article you need from another institution.
This is a very popular undergraduate database, containing a lot of full text on a wide range of topics, including current events, literature and art.
www.lib.uct.ac.za /humanities/index.php?html=/humanities/afrikaans2.htm&libid=48   (568 words)

 PUK : News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The establishment of the centre was maid possible by the funding of the university's Innovation fund.
Projects such as the new Afrikaans spellchecker (which led to a contract with Microsoft® to develop spellcheckers for five other languages) are part of the centre's product developments.
“Future projects are a Afrikaans grammar checker and thesaurus and Afrikaans and Setswana “Language Interface Packs” said Ulrike Janke, project manager.
www.puk.ac.za /nuus/eng/news25.html   (370 words)

 DU TOIT, Stephanus Jacobus, South Africa, Reformed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
He is best known, however, as the founder of a movement to promote recognition of the Afrikaans language, the Society of True Afrikaners.
In 1876 he produced a grammar of Afrikaans and a year later wrote a landmark history of South Africa that laid the groundwork for later Afrikaner nationalist historiography.
It was also the first book in Afrikaans, a symbol of pride.
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The aim is to prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities where an advanced knowledge of the Afrikaans language and literature and proficiency in writing Afrikaans would be a prerequisite.
In Linguistics, the student is introduced to different aspects of the grammar of Afrikaans: phonetics, morphology, lexicology, syntax and semantics.
The contextual use of Afrikaans is studied in modules and courses in sociolinguistics and pragmatics.
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 Amazon.ca: Books: Colloquial Afrikaans: The Complete Course for Beginners   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It's not easy finding in-print textbooks for learning Afrikaans, especially in the United States, and the fact that this course has audio cassettes is by itself a major advantage compared to the few other offerings.
The grammar descriptions, etc. are brief and to the point, the dialogs are also manageable, and there is sufficient review/exercise material as well.
The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that there are a few words in each lesson that are neither defined in the lesson nor included with the glossary in the back of the book.
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 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.
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