[lg policy] UCT offers a new short course in Xhosa

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue May 28 10:41:03 EDT 2019


UCT introduces Khoekhoegowab as a short course
By
 Nokulunga Xala <https://www.htxt.co.za/author/nokulunga/>
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MAY 27, 2019
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Late last week the University of Cape Town (UCT) introduced a short course
in isiXhosa
<https://www.htxt.co.za/2019/05/24/uct-offers-isixhosa-course-for-students-and-staff-as-part-of-new-language-policy/>
as
part of the institutions new language policy.

This week UCT has introduced an indigenous language short course on
Khoekhoegowab, which is an indigenous Khoisan language at its Centre for
Extra-Mural Studies (EMS).

According to IOL News
<https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/indigenous-language-course-welcomed-24184747>,
the Khoisan language activists have welcomed the institution’s introduction
and hoped that it will help to save the culture.

“Unfortunately many of the continents indigenous languages are endangered.
We cannot celebrate things that are African without celebrating the
languages. One third of the world’s 6 000 languages are spoken in Africa,”
said Khoisan heritage activist, Bradley van Sitters.

IOL News adds that the first course will run from this month to August, and
that the long-term goal was for Khoekhoegowab to become a fourth language
at UCT after isiXhosa, English and Afrikaans.

“I was informed that there wouldn’t be enough interest in the language, and
now years on they introduce this course, although it’s not enough. UCT must
establish a department for teaching, research and restoration of this
language, added van Sitters.

“There were about 167 000 speakers of Khoekhoegowab, of whom roughly 39
percent were Nama and 60 percent were Damara,” noted retired University of
Namibia professor Wilfrid Haacke.
[Source – IOL News
<https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/indigenous-language-course-welcomed-24184747>]
[Image – CC BY SA 2.0 Ian Barbour
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/barbourians/5409559837/>]
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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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