Afrikaans by M. P. O. Burgers

Published by The English Universities Press, 1968, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.

Condition: Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Boards slightly spotted. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.

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Reprint. [First: 1957] From the cover: Afrikaans, one of the official languages of the Republic of South Africa, is the youngest Indo-Germanic language. It is closely allied to Dutch, from which it developed spontaneously in the course of the past three centuries. It is also related to English, both in origin witness the many words like boek, sing and skip that are similar in the two languages and in the simplification of the grammar, e.g. the dropping of inflections and declensions.

At the same time it has, like English, acquired many idiomatic English phenomena. It has been consciously used as a vehicle for literary expression only during the past eighty years, but already it possesses a literature of no mean bulk and of a high standard. Some of the best works have been translated into various European languages and quite a number are available in English.

A knowledge of Afrikaans is not only necessary for an understanding of South African conditions and affairs, the study of the language is also extremely interesting from a linguistic and a literary point of view.

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