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More than 40 years in the past it used to be tested that the African continent could be divided into 4 precise language households. examine on African languages has for that reason been preoccupied with reconstructing and figuring out similarities throughout those households. This has intended that an curiosity in different kinds of linguistic dating, akin to no matter if structural similarities and dissimilarities between African languages are the results of touch among those languages, hasn't ever been the topic of significant examine. This 2007 publication indicates that such similarities throughout African languages are extra universal than is extensively believed. It offers a huge point of view on Africa as a linguistic quarter, in addition to an research of particular linguistic areas. so as to have a greater knowing of African languages, their constructions, and their historical past, additional info on those contact-induced relationships is key to knowing Africa's linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its historical past and prehistory.
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Similar enthusiasm greeted the opening in 1803 of Bethelsdorp, a LMS station near Algoa Bay, which enrolled nearly 1000 people in the next six years. Most of them came from farms 'where the process of subordinating Khoisan was almost complete'. The converts committed themselves to radical culture change, described by one of them, Brother Boesak, in poetical imagery. 'The one h e a r t . . will do nothing but sing all kinds of Hottentots and Boscheman's songs and all that is bad and the other heart strives to sing the praises of Christ' (Elphick and Malherbe, in Elphick and Giliomee, 1989: 38-9).
This was the Eiselen Line. It remained in force until 1985, when the Abolition of Influx Control Act did away with pass laws restricting the movement of Africans into 'white people's country'. After reaching retirement age on 12 June 1960, the architect of the Line became the Commissioner-General for Northern Sotholand, one of the eight 'national states' scheduled under the Promotion of Self-Government Act of 1959. Stationed at Turfloop near Pietersburg, he moved among people known to him from childhood on his father's mission station.
The word Afrikaan (-kane), meaning a native of Africa, is acceptable, but when referring to white persons, the adjective 'Suid' is invariably added. A South African is a white person. There is no Afrikaans equivalent of the African National Congress. It is commonly referred to in Afrikaans as the ' A N C or with the full title in English. The emergence of the Black Consciousness Movement in the 1970s contributed to an ideological climate which excluded whites in principle from the movements of the oppressed, and encouraged the apartheid regime to substitute 'black' for 'Native' and 'Bantu' in the titles of laws and administrative bodies.
A Linguistic Geography of Africa (Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact)