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WAGNER, Valencia K.; DITSELE, Thabo  and  MAKGATO, Mary M.. Influence of Sepitori on standard Setswana of its home language learners at three Tshwane townships. Literator [online]. 2020, vol.41, n.1, pp.1-7. ISSN 2219-8237.

This article established how a mixed language spoken as a lingua franca by black residents of Tshwane, known as Sepitori, influenced learners who studied Setswana as a home language at three high schools in GaRankuwa, Mabopane and Soshanguve; all these three townships are located north of Pretoria's central business district. Data were gathered from 90 learners (30 from each school) and six Setswana educators from the same schools. Learners wrote an essay in Setswana on an interesting and contemporary topic 'free education for all university students', while educators were interviewed individually. Data analysis showed that Sepitori significantly influenced the written output of learners. Some educators were adamant that it was unreasonable to wish away Sepitori in Setswana classrooms because learners and many educators (regardless of the subjects they taught) ordinarily spoke Sepitori at the three townships be it at school or at home.

Keywords : home language; standard variety; mixed language; Setswana; Sepitori.

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