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Tydskrif vir Letterkunde

On-line version ISSN 2309-9070
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WEBB, Vic. Constructing an inclusive speech community from two mutually excluding ones: the third Afrikaans language movement . Tydskr. letterkd. [online]. 2010, vol.47, n.1. ISSN 2309-9070.

The article deals with the aim of leaders in the Afrikaans community to maintain Afrikaans as a language of high-function formal contexts in post-1994 South Africa through the construction of a community which meaningfully includes all its speakers as members, referred to as a "speech community". Basing the concept "speech community" on Johnson and Milani's description of such a language as "a complete and society-bearing language" and on Pavlenko and Blackledge's notion of "a public", it lists the obstacles which the development of an "inclusive Afrikaans community" need to deal with and discusses five issues which have to be debated in such a developmental process. The article also provides a brief overview of activities which the Afrikaans establishment have organised since 2003 (referring to them as "the third Afrikaans language movement") to restore the language-political status of Afrikaans, and asks whether the emphasis on constructing an inclusive speech community is a creative way of addressing the problem with which they wish to deal.

Keywords : Language appropriation; language-political restoration and maintenance; linguistic exclusion; speech community.

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