Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 5(1), pp. 23 - 35
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050102
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Ideology Versus Multilingualism in South Africa: Should National Legislation Be Published in All Official Languages?


Cornelus Johannes Alexander Lourens *
Faculty of Law, University of North-West, South Africa

ABSTRACT

Does the failure to publish all national legislation in all official languages constitute unfair (unlawful) discrimination? The question whether 'officiality' implies the obligation that all national legislation should be published in all official languages is discussed with references to the historic development of the Constitutional Language provisions in South Africa, international and foreign law are referred to as well as the three Lourens decisions. The restrictive approach by the court is criticised as they sanctioned an unfair language discriminatory practice, that English is elevated to the only true official language. The need for the intellectualisation/modernising of the indigenous languages is highlighted. In the conclusion the challenge of a constitution pretending to be the supreme law of the Country against a National Government, without any political will to enhance the indigenous languages without which speakers' have de facto accepted English as super official language is evaluated.

KEYWORDS
Official Language, Unfair Language Discrimination, Intellectualization/Modernising, Hegemony, Language Diversity

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[1] Cornelus Johannes Alexander Lourens , "Ideology Versus Multilingualism in South Africa: Should National Legislation Be Published in All Official Languages?," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 23 - 35, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050102.

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Cornelus Johannes Alexander Lourens (2017). Ideology Versus Multilingualism in South Africa: Should National Legislation Be Published in All Official Languages?. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 5(1), 23 - 35. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050102.