[lg policy] South Africa: Health department wants to go trilingual

dzo at bisharat.net dzo at bisharat.net
Sat May 30 21:43:28 UTC 2015


What the article doesn't say is that Zulu is one of the closely-related Nguni languages (along with Xhosa, Swati, and Ndebele), and Sesotho is one of the Sotho-Tswana language group (along with (Setswana and Northern Sotho). 

The significance of this for the trilingual strategy outlined by the South African health department could be that secondary translations within each group to other official languages would be relatively straightforward. I'm basing this assumption on the fact that translation companies in S.A. are known to use this approach: First translate from English (or Afrikaans) to one Nguni language and one Sotho-Tswana language, and then from the latter two to others. (English would of course be translated directly into Afrikaans, and vice-versa.)

Don Osborn


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