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 is an offshoot of several Dutch dialects spoken by the mainly Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa, where it gradually began to develop independently in the course of the 18th century. 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) or "kitchen Dutch" (a derogatory term used to refer to Afrikaans in its earlier days).
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Afrikaans, togther with English, is an official language of the Republic of South Africa and Namibia, and is also spoken in Botswana, Mlawi and Zambia.
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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