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Mediadekking in die Suid-Afrikaanse gedrukte media oor taalverwante onderwerpe, in besonder taalregte en taalbeleidskwessies

E. Truter
Literator | Vol 27, No 2 | a196 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v27i2.196 | © 2006 E. Truter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 July 2006 | Published: 30 July 2006

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E. Truter, Eenheid vir Taalbestuur, Universiteit van die Vrystaat, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Coverage of issues related to language, in particular language rights and language policy, in the South African print media

The print media are both important and reliable barometers for determining the feelings and attitudes of the reading public. This information, compiled in an annual report to PanSALB, may assist in making various groups aware of their language rights and could help to cultivate a proactive culture of language rights. This, in turn, could contribute towards the transformation of our society. It could also serve as deterrent to linguistic discrimination. In order to determine the validity of the assumptions represented in the print media, language issue coverage in the print media is compared to official language rights complaints lodged with PanSALB. The government might well avoid conflict by taking cognisance of language problems and ensuring that constitutional rights are upheld before problems arise.


Language Rights; PanSALB; Printed Media; Empirical Investigation


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