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language of South Africa
adj : belonging or relating to white people of south africa whose ancestors were dutch or to their language; "an afrikaans couple"; "afrikaner support" [syn: afrikaans, afrikaner]
n : an official language of the republic of south africa; closely related to dutch and flemish [syn: afrikaans, taal, the taal, south african dutch]
Afrikaans is a West Germanic language, spoken natively in South Africa, Namibia and to a lesser extent in Botswana and Zimbabwe. It originates from 17th century Dutch dialects spoken by the mainly-Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa, where it began to develop independently. Hence, historically, it is a daughter language of Dutch, and was previously referred to as "Cape Dutch" (a term also used to refer collectively to the early Cape settlers). Although Afrikaans adopted words from languages such as Malay, Portuguese, the Bantu languages, and the Khoisan languages, an estimated 90 to 95 percent of Afrikaans vocabulary is ultimately of Dutch origin. Therefore, differences with Dutch often lie in a more regular morphology, grammar, and spelling of Afrikaans. There is a large degree of mutual intelligibility between the two languages—especially in written form—although it is easier for Dutch-speakers to understand Afrikaans than the other way around.
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Afrikaans is spoken mainly by the Afrikaners and is a Germanic language forming a variety of the Dutch language, modified by circumstance and the influence of German, French, other immigrant and local languages.
Afrikaans became a standardised written language about 1875.
The language is: Afrikaans
1. an official language of the Republic of South Africa; closely related to Dutch and Flemish
(synonym) Taal, the Taal, South African Dutch
1. belonging or relating to white people of South Africa whose ancestors were Dutch or to their language; "an Afrikaans couple"; "Afrikaner support"
(pertainym) South Africa, Republic of South Africa
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