From Kitaab-Hollandsch to Kitaab-Afrikaans: The evolution of a non-white literary variety at the Cape (1856-1940)

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This paper presents the socio-historical and linguistic context of Muslim Cape Dutch/Afrikaans literature, using the same texts as in Stell, Luffin, and Rakiep (2007). It then focuses on the areas of greatest diachronic variation in the phonology, lexicon, idiomaticity, morphology, and syntax of the Cape Malay texts. Finally, it places that variation into the perspective of how Cape Dutch/Afrikaans evolved as a language variety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-127
JournalStellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Historical linguistics
  • Dutch
  • creole
  • South Africa

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