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A Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles
Oxford University Press, 1996. "IF THESE DESCRIPTIONS SOMETIMES SEEM UNCOMFORTABLY LIKE RACIAL LABELS, THIS IS BECAUSE THE GROUP AREAS ACT ENSURED THAT FOR OVER FORTY YEARS PEOPLE WERE GEOGRAPHICALLY SEGREGATED ALONG RACIAL LINES; SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT ENSURED THAT VARIETIES OF ENGLISH DEVELOPED SEPARATELY, THE VOCABULARY OR ENGLISH USAGE OF EACH GROUP BEING ONLY PARTIALLY UNDERSTANDABLE TO OTHERS." Signed Limited edition of the first dictionary of South African English, a project that took 25 years to complete. One of only 100 copies signed by Nelson Mandela. This splendid example, number 69, is a Quarto in the ORIGINAL blue morocco with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Marbled endpapers. Fine in fine ORIGINAL slipcase. Long out-of-print; now rare and highly desirable. Mandela s Dictionary provides a historical record of the development of English in a multi-lingual and multicultural society. The result of the most extensive and detailed research ever undertaken into the history of English in South Africa, A Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles documents the English language as it has developed within all of the country s communities. Coverage extends from the sixteenth century up to 1995, providing fascinating information about South African history, as well as revealing the unique character of the country s multilingual and multicultural society. This authoritative historical record features 47 000 citations illustrating 5 000 entries which cover all forms of the written word, historical and contemporary, as well as the spoken word of broa … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: PEN ULTIMATE RARE BOOKS [Catskill, NY, U.S.A.]

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