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AFRIKAANS
Family: Indo-European
Subgroup:  Germanic
Branch:  Western

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Milou

Capitaine Haddock

Tryphon Tournesol

Dupont

Dupond

Kuifie

Spokie

Kaptein Sardijn

Tertius Phosfatus

Uys

Buys

 

 

Afrikaans is one of the two official languages of the Republic of South Africa, the other being English. It is spoken by over 6 million people—the 3 million white Afrikaaners, plus about 3 million "coloreds," or persons of mixed descent. The former live mainly in the northeastern provinces of Transvaal and Orange Free State; the latter mainly in the western part of Cape Province in the west.

Afrikaans is a development of 17th-century Dutch brought to South Africa by the first settlers from Holland. The subsequent isolation of the people and their descendants caused increasing deviations from the original Dutch, so that Afrikaans may now be considered a separate language. Written Afrikaans can be most easily distinguished from Dutch by the indefinite article 'n, which in Dutch is een.

Afrikaans has served as the basis for other, more ephemeral, mixed languages in South Africa.It has complex origins - which it demonstrates in a rich variety of loanwords from Portuguese, Malay, Bantu languages and Khoisan languages. It has also borrowed from English and has in turn influenced the regional english of South Africa.

By Contrast with Dutch, Afrikaans has no noun gender: die man ' the man' , die vrou ' the woman' . A double negative, comparable to French ne...pas is the usual rule : hy staan nie op nie ' he does not stand up'.

Afrikaans has contributed numerous loanwords to English, including the notorious Apartheid, literally ' separateness'. Kraal 'enclosure' is in origin an Afrikaans loan from Portuguese curral 'farmyard', which is also the origin of American English Corral.

 

 

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