The last quarter of the nineteenth century saw a passionate questione della lingua with regard to Afrikaans. Members of the Genootskap van Regte Afrikaanders (‘The Society of True Afrikaners’, GRA), founded at Paarl in August 1875, were seeking to elevate Afrikaans, a language which existed mainly in spoken form, to the level of a written standard language. Two expatriate Dutch linguists, Johannes Brill (1842-1924) and Arnoldus Pannevis (1838-1884), played an interesting role by providing linguistic arguments that could support the endeavours of the GRA. This paper deals with the views Brill and Pannevis held on language change, their respective linguistic sources of inspiration and the criteria they deemed relevant to the distinction between a dialect and a language.
Uitgaven Stichting Neerlandistiek VU
Taal in verandering. Artikelen aangeboden aan Arjan van Leuvensteijn bij zijn afscheid van de opleiding Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Onder redactie van Theo Janssen, Saskia Daalder & Jan Noordegraaf.
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