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Language in South Africa

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Published by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, U.K, New York .
Written in English



  • South Africa,
  • South Africa.


  • Sociolinguistics -- South Africa.,
  • Language and culture -- South Africa.,
  • Language policy -- South Africa.,
  • Language planning -- South Africa.,
  • South Africa -- Languages.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statementedited by Rajend Mesthrie.
ContributionsMesthrie, Rajend.
LC ClassificationsP40.45.S6 L36 2002
The Physical Object
Paginationxvii, 485 p. :
Number of Pages485
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3670643M
ISBN 100521791057, 052153383X
LC Control Number2002727184

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