Besides recognisable characteristics of South African English, such as ‘Vrystaat’, ‘ou boet’, ‘eksê’ or ‘nogal’, speakers of South African English give clear indications – even if their accent is not marked – of their being South African. Many of our South African English structures have unexpected meanings or usages which are not found in General English.
South Africans are familiar with phrases such as threw the cat with a stone, or forgot her jersey at the restaurant or hot-hot chips. In South African English a situation is very, very dire and someone therefore needs an advice.
These may sound strange – or even incorrect – to some, but all of these are examples of the unique English elements of the English that is spoken in South Africa.
Written in an accessible style, each chapter features words and phrases from different aspects of life with actual examples of usage from written and spoken sources. Photos and illustrations enliven the text.
In 2002 Malcolm Venter was the recipient of the English Academy’s highest honour, the Gold Medal Award. He has been a teacher for 36 years, a part-time lecturer at the US and co-author of a number of English school textbooks. He holds a Doctorate in English Linguistics and is currently the National Chair of the SA Council for English Education.
Jean Branford holds a PhD in dialect lexicography from Rhodes University, with particular reference to South African English. She was the compiler of A Dictionary of South African English and Associate Editor of A Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles. She is the author of numerous papers, poetry and verse translations.
‘I did finally buy a copy of Say Again? I am enjoying it hugely. It’s a real time-guzzler – ‘I’ll just check out the entry on XYZ’, and an hour later I’m still absorbed in it! Congratulations on a really fascinating social history as well as a lively linguistic record!’ – Robin Malan, author of Ah Big Yaws? A Guard to Sow Theffricun Innglissh
‘This is a book for every South African. It shows how South African English is changing as we speak. New phrases, words and expressions are being invented and coloured to express our variety and unique nature’. – Prof Rajendra Chetty, President of the English Academy of Southern Africa
‘Written by eminent scholars in linguistics and lexicography, Say Again will be a source of edification and delight to anyone interest in language.’ – Prof Rajend Mesthrie, Professor of Linguistics, UCT
- Say Again? The Other Side of South African Engish by Malcolm Venter, Jean Branford
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