Quality of Sotho restored

2019-10-30 06:01
Language practitioners who participated in the consultative workshop on Sotho Spelling and Orthography Rules Booklet. From the left are, front: Dr Dipholo Leboea, Dr Marotole Phure and Prof. Pule Phindane; back: Pulane Mahlasela, Hilda Mohale, Puleng Thabane and Khoduwe Tsotetsi. Photo: Dan Xangaza

Language practitioners who participated in the consultative workshop on Sotho Spelling and Orthography Rules Booklet. From the left are, front: Dr Dipholo Leboea, Dr Marotole Phure and Prof. Pule Phindane; back: Pulane Mahlasela, Hilda Mohale, Puleng Thabane and Khoduwe Tsotetsi. Photo: Dan Xangaza

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The importance of retaining the quality of the Sotho language in usage and the correct spelling of words was highlighted at the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) consultative workshop held in Bloemfontein on Friday (25/10).

The workshop focused on the correct usage and spelling of words.

This is in line with the final Sotho Spelling and Orthography Rules Booklet, which gives guidance on the language to mainly restore its quality.

The aim is to combat the language deteriorating into slang, misused words, improper abbreviations and mistakes.

Malefu Mahloane, provincial chief language practitioner at PanSALB, said the latest consultative workshop followed fact-finding workshops conducted in 2016 and 2017, where Sotho educators, principals, language practitioners and interested groups were invited to provide input towards the revision of the Sotho Spelling and Orthography Rules Booklet of 2008.

Various language experts, which include educators teaching Sotho language and professors of private and public institutions, participated in the workshop.

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