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Afrikaans: 'An African language but not equal to Bantu languages'

Following a comment by President Jacob Zuma that Afrikaans is an African language, Stephen Grootes speaks to linguistics professor, Anne Marie Beukes, about whether Afrikaans is indeed a (Southern) African language.

Professor Beukes, from the University of Johannesburg, said she would would argue that South African English IS a South African language, as it is largely spoken in our country. She added that while Afrikaans is based on dialects originating from the Netherlands, it is largely spoken in Southern Africa, making it an African language.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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