And South Africa's Word of the Year for 2019 is...

2019-10-16 08:16

The Pan SA Language Board has announced which phrase captured the ethos, mood or preoccupations of 2019.

New dictionaries to help preserve SA’s language heritage

2017-10-15 06:00

South African indigenous languages may be saved from the list of those identified by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as likely to disappear at the end of this century.

It’s how you say it!

2017-03-13 10:37

February was Language Month and the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) celebrated the end of their #SpeakItLiveIt campaign with the annual PanSALB Multilingualism Awards in Cape Town.

Sign of the times

2017-02-26 06:10

‘As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs,” American author and sign language activist George William Veditz declared in 1913 in a film titled Preservation of the Sign Language.

The keepers of language

2017-02-12 06:01

Words are the building blocks of all languages and, to this end, various lexicography units, set up around SA, have been hard at work recording our new words and saving the old ones from obscurity, writes Mmanaledi Mataboge-Mashetla.


No compensation for guessing what SA's 'word' of the year is

2018-10-16 11:09

Every year, the Pan South African Language Board chooses a 'word of the year'. Last year it was 'state capture'. This year, the winner is...

Saving minority languages

2017-08-05 16:24

In 2009, a deaf matriculant at Westville Boys’ High School in KwaZulu-Natal, Kyle Springate, withdrew his legal bid to force the department of education to allow him to take sign language as a subject, writes Sibusiso Nkosi.

Extolling the language revolution

2017-03-05 06:01

Judge Albie Sachs, who was part of the original delegation to negotiate with the National Party for official recognition of African languages, was the keynote speaker at an event celebrating language month. Mmanaledi Mataboge-Mashetla was there.

Adding bite to bark

2017-02-19 06:10

It is International Mother Language Day on Tuesday and PanSALB has been calling the state to account for its mother tongue policies. It’s been a tough road, writes Mmanaledi Mataboge-Mashetla.

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