!Ui-Taa language shift in Gordonia and Postmasburg Districts, South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Mesthrie, Rajend en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Elderkin, Edward en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Crawhall, Nigel T en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-12T07:01:47Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-12T07:01:47Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Crawhall, N. 2004. !Ui-Taa language shift in Gordonia and Postmasburg Districts, South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7430
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 338-359). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This dissertation presents a case study of the demise of !Ui-Taa languages in South Africa during the 20th century, with particular attention to N|u, the last surviving variety. The geographic focus is on Gordonia and Postmasburg Districts in the Northern Cape province. Drawing on the work of Diamond (1998), the author argues that food producing peoples (agriculturalists / pastoralists / colonialists) typically penetrate the hunter-gatherer territory and break down the ecological setting that sustains the hunter-gatherer mode of subsistence. The changes in ‘language ecology‘ (Haugen 1972) trigger transformations in social relations and place the languages of hunter-gatherers at risk of rapid language shift. This theory is in contra-distinction to the argument put forward by Brenzinger (1992a, b), Brenzinger et al (1991) and McConveIl (2000) that changes in language attitudes are the primary cause of language death. The second aspect of the dissertation deals with the particulars of the identity of the N|u language and its speakers. The speakers of N|u cail themselves N||n≠e ‘home people‘ or Sasi ‘Bushmen / eland'. Drawing on original research and the oral history, the author argues that Bleek’s (1929. 1956) categorisation of two !Ui-Taa varieties, S2 (||Ng) and 82a (≠Khomani), should be reconsidered, as these are dialects of one another. Reconsidering the distribution of !Ui-Taa languages has implications for understanding hunter-gatherer demographics and social organisation in pre-colonial South Africa. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Linguistics en_ZA
dc.title !Ui-Taa language shift in Gordonia and Postmasburg Districts, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Doctoral 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 Linguistics en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Crawhall, N. T. (2004). <i>!Ui-Taa language shift in Gordonia and Postmasburg Districts, South Africa</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Linguistics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7430 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Crawhall, Nigel T. <i>"!Ui-Taa language shift in Gordonia and Postmasburg Districts, South Africa."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Linguistics, 2004. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7430 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Crawhall NT. !Ui-Taa language shift in Gordonia and Postmasburg Districts, South Africa. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Linguistics, 2004 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7430 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Crawhall, Nigel T AB - This dissertation presents a case study of the demise of !Ui-Taa languages in South Africa during the 20th century, with particular attention to N|u, the last surviving variety. The geographic focus is on Gordonia and Postmasburg Districts in the Northern Cape province. Drawing on the work of Diamond (1998), the author argues that food producing peoples (agriculturalists / pastoralists / colonialists) typically penetrate the hunter-gatherer territory and break down the ecological setting that sustains the hunter-gatherer mode of subsistence. The changes in ‘language ecology‘ (Haugen 1972) trigger transformations in social relations and place the languages of hunter-gatherers at risk of rapid language shift. This theory is in contra-distinction to the argument put forward by Brenzinger (1992a, b), Brenzinger et al (1991) and McConveIl (2000) that changes in language attitudes are the primary cause of language death. The second aspect of the dissertation deals with the particulars of the identity of the N|u language and its speakers. The speakers of N|u cail themselves N||n≠e ‘home people‘ or Sasi ‘Bushmen / eland'. Drawing on original research and the oral history, the author argues that Bleek’s (1929. 1956) categorisation of two !Ui-Taa varieties, S2 (||Ng) and 82a (≠Khomani), should be reconsidered, as these are dialects of one another. Reconsidering the distribution of !Ui-Taa languages has implications for understanding hunter-gatherer demographics and social organisation in pre-colonial South Africa. DA - 2004 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2004 T1 - !Ui-Taa language shift in Gordonia and Postmasburg Districts, South Africa TI - !Ui-Taa language shift in Gordonia and Postmasburg Districts, South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7430 ER - en_ZA


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