A sociolectal and dialectal study of Southern Sotho in Lesotho

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Gowlett, Derek en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Rapeane, Maleshoane en_ZA
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dc.date.issued 1997 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Rapeane, M. 1997. A sociolectal and dialectal study of Southern Sotho in Lesotho. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14367
dc.description Bibliography: leaves 145-149. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract In this dissertation we examine variation, in both speech and writing, in the South Sotho spoken in Lesotho. We indicate that the South Sotho used by a majority of speakers today shows a shift from both earlier and prescribed varieties. Open-ended questionnaires and informal conversations were used to study aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and the lexicon of South Sotho. Samples were collected from speakers with ages ranging from twelve to over eighty. The dissertation shows that the age, social status, sex and locality of speakers are contributing factors in their language repertoire. We argue that South Sotho lacks the homogeneity that is claimed by language purists in Lesotho, and therefore has non-standard varieties, namely, dialects and sociolects. Although the structure of standard South Sotho sentences is relatively stable, the phonology, lexicon and semantics are indicative of major endogenous and exogenous changes. On the other hand, Sotho morphology shows endogenous changes only. The influence of English on South Sotho is increasing at the expense of Afrikaans influence. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Sotho language - Lesotho en_ZA
dc.title A sociolectal and dialectal study of Southern Sotho in Lesotho en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department African Languages and Literatures en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Rapeane, M. (1997). <i>A sociolectal and dialectal study of Southern Sotho in Lesotho</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,African Languages and Literatures. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14367 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Rapeane, Maleshoane. <i>"A sociolectal and dialectal study of Southern Sotho in Lesotho."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,African Languages and Literatures, 1997. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14367 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Rapeane M. A sociolectal and dialectal study of Southern Sotho in Lesotho. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,African Languages and Literatures, 1997 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14367 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Rapeane, Maleshoane AB - In this dissertation we examine variation, in both speech and writing, in the South Sotho spoken in Lesotho. We indicate that the South Sotho used by a majority of speakers today shows a shift from both earlier and prescribed varieties. Open-ended questionnaires and informal conversations were used to study aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and the lexicon of South Sotho. Samples were collected from speakers with ages ranging from twelve to over eighty. The dissertation shows that the age, social status, sex and locality of speakers are contributing factors in their language repertoire. We argue that South Sotho lacks the homogeneity that is claimed by language purists in Lesotho, and therefore has non-standard varieties, namely, dialects and sociolects. Although the structure of standard South Sotho sentences is relatively stable, the phonology, lexicon and semantics are indicative of major endogenous and exogenous changes. On the other hand, Sotho morphology shows endogenous changes only. The influence of English on South Sotho is increasing at the expense of Afrikaans influence. DA - 1997 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1997 T1 - A sociolectal and dialectal study of Southern Sotho in Lesotho TI - A sociolectal and dialectal study of Southern Sotho in Lesotho UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14367 ER - en_ZA


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