The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Text editing across cultures in a multilingual society: South African English as a case study

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2014), 32, (2), 57–63.

Abstract

John Linnegar explores the opportunities and challenges that present themselves to text editors in South Africa as a multilingual and multicultural society where SAE (South African English) is a rich mix of UK Standard English and several dialects; Dutch and Afrikaans; Malay; Indian English; French, Portuguese, and all nine indigenous official languages of South Africa (11 official languages in all).

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Branford, J. with Branford, W. (1997) A dictionary of South African English. Cape Town: Oxford University Press. A dictionary of South African English Google Scholar

Crystal, D. (2003) The Cambridge encyclopedia of language, 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. The Cambridge encyclopedia of language Google Scholar

Crystal, D. (2007) English as a global language, 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. English as a global language Google Scholar

de Schryver, G.-M. (ed.) (2007) Oxford Sesotho sa Leboa–Seisimane, English–Northern Soto school dictionary. Cape Town: Oxford University Press. Oxford Sesotho sa Leboa–Seisimane, English–Northern Soto school dictionary Google Scholar

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Linnegar, J. (2009). Engleish, our Engleish: Common errors in South African English and how to resolve them. Cape Town: Pharos. Engleish, our Engleish: Common errors in South African English and how to resolve them Google Scholar

Mesthrie, R. (2010) A dictionary of South African Indian English. Cape Town: Juta. A dictionary of South African Indian English Google Scholar

Mesthrie, R. with Hromnik, J. (2011) Eish, but is it English? Celebrating the South African variety. Cape Town: Zebra Press. Eish, but is it English? Celebrating the South African variety Google Scholar

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Oxford (2010) Oxford South African concise dictionary, 2nd edn, compiled by the Dictionary Unit for South African English. Cape Town: Oxford University Press. Oxford South African concise dictionary Google Scholar

Pharos (2008) English–Xhosa, Xhosa–English dictionary. Cape Town: Pharos. English–Xhosa, Xhosa–English dictionary Google Scholar

Van de Poel, K., Carstens, W. A. M. and Linnegar, J. (2012) Text editing: A handbook for students and practitioners. Brussels: University Press Antwerp. Text editing: A handbook for students and practitioners Google Scholar

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Linnegar, John David

Linnegar, John David