Hans den Besten (1948-2010) made numerous contributions to Afrikaans linguistics over a period of nearly three decades. His writings helped shift the perspective on the roots of Afrikaans beyond Dutch to the structure and vocabulary of Khoekhoe, to Portuguese Creole, and to Malay varieties. This volume contains a selection of Den Besten's most important papers - some of which originally appeared in less accessible journals - concerning the structure and history of Afrikaans. They cover a wide range of topics, including grammatical structure, vocabulary, the historical development of Afrikaans, as well its multiple roots. It is essential reading for any linguist interested in language contact and language change.
1. Introduction (by Wouden, Ton van der); 2. Chapter 1. The origins of the Afrikaans pre-nominal possessive system(s); 3. Chapter 2. The complex ancestry of the Afrikaans associative constructions; 4. Chapter 3. What a little word can do for you: Wat in Afrikaans possessive relatives; 5. Chapter 4. Afrikaans relative 'wat' and West-Germanic relativization systems; 6. Chapter 5. Demonstratives in Afrikaans and Cape Dutch Pidgin: A first attempt; 7. Chapter 6. Speculations on [chi]-elision and intersonorantic [upsilon] in Afrikaans; 8. Chapter 7. The Dutch pidgins of the Old Cape colony; 9. Chapter 8. On the "verbal suffix" -UM of Cape Dutch Pidgin: Morphosyntax, pronunciation and origin; 10. Chapter 9. Relexification and pidgin development: The case of Cape Dutch Pidgin; 11. Chapter 10. Khoekhoe syntax and its implications for L2 acquisition of Dutch and Afrikaans; 12. Chapter 11. Reduplication in Afrikaans (by Besten, Hans den); 13. Chapter 12. Double negation and the genesis of Afrikaans; 14. Chapter 13. From Khoekhoe foreigner talk via Hottentot Dutch to Afrikaans: The creation of a novel grammar; 15. Chapter 14. Creole Portuguese in South Africa: Malayo- or Indo-Portuguese?; 16. Chapter 15. The slaves' languages in the Dutch Cape colony and Afrikaans vir; 17. Chapter 16. A badly harvested field: The growth of linguistic knowledge and the Dutch Cape colony until 1796; 18. Chapter 17. Desiderata for Afrikaans historical linguistics; 19. Appreciations; 20. Giving voice: The archive in Afrikaans historical linguistics (by Deumert, Ana); 21. Afrikaans: "Might it be a little more 'South Africa'?" (by Roberge, Paul T.); 22. Partial restructuring: Dutch on the Cape and Portuguese in Brazil (by Holm, John); 23. Bibliography of Hans den Besten's writings on Afrikaans; 24. References; 25. Language index; 26. Place index; 27. Author index; 28. Subject index