Afrikaans novel

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    South Africa is a melting pot of languages, 11 of which have official status today. South African English has been most influenced by Afrikaans, which originated with Dutch-speaking settlers. Olive Schreiner's novel The Story of an African Farm (1883) was the first major work of fiction to come out of the country and is full of local vocabulary.

     

     

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    Schreiner inserted a glossary at the start of her novel, aware overseas readers would find it difficult to understand some South African words. Almost all the terms are from Afrikaans, with spellings that reflect written Dutch. Many of the words are still heard in South African English, and meerkat (ant cat) is one that is now understood by English speakers worldwide.

     

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