publication . Article . 2008

linguistic culture and essentialism in south africa

Stephanie Rudwick;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Oct 2008 Journal: Macrolinguistics, volume 2, pages 149-163 (issn: 1934-5755, eissn: 2473-6376, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: The Learned Press
This paper explores how language and culture are intertwined and often regarded as “invariable fixed properties” in contemporary South Africa by focusing on one particular indigenous African language group, i.e. isiZulu-speakers. Drawing from general theoretical sociolinguistic approaches to language and culture and considering South Africa’s socio-political history, the paper demonstrates the significance and saliency of Zulu linguistic culture to Zulu people in the post-apartheid state. It is examined, how Zulu linguistic culture is regarded a resource in the isiZulu-speaking community and as one of the most salient tools of in-group identification in the larg...
free text keywords: Sociology, Essentialism, Anthropology, Linguistic culture, Zulu, Language and Literature, P
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