[lg policy] Now you can learn indigenous Khoekh

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon May 27 10:44:08 EDT 2019


Now you can learn indigenous Khoekhoe language at UCT
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May 2019 6:42 AM

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Starting this month, you can learn the indigenous Khoekhoe language at the
University of Cape Town.

UCT has stated that there is a bigger plan for Khoekhoegowab to become the
fourth language at UCT.

Co-ordinator of UCT's Multilingualism Education Project at the Centre for
Higher Education Development (CHED) Professor Mbulungeni Madiba explains to
Kieno Kammies why this is so significant.

He clarifies that the term Khoisan is considered derogatory as there were
never such people.

There were Khoi and San but the joint word was a term falsely created by
academics in the 1920s as Patric Tariq Mellet explains in The Daily
Maverick.
<https://mg.co.za/article/2018-08-02-stop-calling-us-coloured-and-denying-us-our-diverse-african-identities>

Madiba says he has been working with the Xarra Restorative Justice Forum
comprised of the speaker of the Khoi languages.

A number of buildings at UCT have been renamed after Khoi people.

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So UCT has really been finding ways of promoting the language.
— Professor Mbulungeni Madiba, Co-ordinator - Multilingualism Education
Project at the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) UCT

Offering a short course was a further way of promoting the language, he
says.

It is widely spoken among the Khoi.

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It is a myth to say the language is dead.
— Professor Mbulungeni Madiba, Co-ordinator - Multilingualism Education
Project at the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) UCT

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The Khoi languages and the Khoi culture add value to UCT's inclusivity.
— Professor Mbulungeni Madiba, Co-ordinator - Multilingualism Education
Project at the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) UCT

He says UCT is considering revising its language policy to include
Khoekhoegowab.

Take a listen to the interview below:

Written by: Barbara Friedman <http://www.capetalk.co.za/authors/132>

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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