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Black Afrikaans: An alternative use

Anna P. Maritz
Literator | Vol 37, No 2 | a1276 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v37i2.1276 | © 2016 Anna P. Maritz | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 January 2016 | Published: 30 September 2016

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Anna P. Maritz, School of Languages, North-West University, South Africa

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This article provides a first look at the nature of the alternative functions of Black Afrikaans. These functions realise when Black Afrikaans is imitated by Afrikaans mother-tongue speakers. The functions of the alternative use of Black Afrikaans centre on: the social nature of the variety, sensitivity as a deciding role-player, identity, humour, inclusivity and exclusivity, language repertoire and similar variety. Furthermore, because of the direct relationship between Black Afrikaans, Pidginised Afrikaans and the imitation of Black Afrikaans, these varieties are compared to establish a starting point description for the imitation of Black Afrikaans, as the variety has not yet been described.


Black Afrikaans; Pidginised Afrikaans; language functions; pidgin; jargon


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