Published in the 30′s and 60′s, most Zulu-English dictionaries in use today fail to reflect the transitions that have occured in South Africa and invariably, in its languages, in the decades since then. The new Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: IsiZulu & English is undoubtedly a much needed and welcomed improvement on the currently available, though seriously outdated, editions:
JOHANNESBURG – Oxford’s new Zulu-English dictionary is the first update in four decades for one of South Africa’s most widely spoken languages, the university publisher said Thursday.
Megan Hall, the publishing manager of Oxford in South Africa, said the dictionaries started reaching stores this week.
“As far as we are aware, there has not been an updated Zulu-English dictionary in the last four decades,” she said.
- Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: IsiZulu and English by GM de Schryver
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