A Dictionary of South African Indian English

A Dictionary of South African Indian English

By: Rajend Mesthrie (author)Paperback

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South African Indian English (or SAIE) is one of the better-known varieties of English in the Linguistics literature. It arose out of a language shift that occurred when Indian immigrants to South Africa in the late 19th century were denied full access to the norms of standard English, partly because of the colonial and especially apartheid influences in South African society and education. In South Africa, SAIE is an important dialect, especially in KwaZulu-Natal. It is increasingly found in plays and novels and is used by the advertising industry in South Africa.

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About Author

Raj Mesthrie is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cape Town, the only A-rated linguistics researcher in the country and the President of the Linguistics Society in South Africa. He has published in the field of sociolinguistics with special reference to language contact and variation in South Africa.


Preface; Method & format; Abbreviations; Symbols & spelling conventions; Introductory essay: South African Indian English & its words; Alphabetical list of about 1800 items (complete with meanings, points of interest, examples or citations, & etymologies); Bibliography.

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  • publication date: 01/10/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781919895369
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 292
  • ID: 9781919895369
  • weight: 400
  • ISBN10: 1919895361

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