2011 Census Quotes English Fourth Most Widely Spoken Mother Tongue

2011 Census Quotes English Fourth Most Widely Spoken Mother Tongue

Findings of the 2011 census assert that the English is the fourth most widely spoken mother tongue across the planet. The languages above English in the list are isiZulu, isiXhosa and Afrikaans respectively.

It emerged that South African English has been affected by the Afrikaans more than any other language. Afrikaans was the language of power in 1948 and was used as a medium to curb the folks through apartheid.

The article revealing the same was written by Rebecca Davis and was published in Daily Maverick. In the article, he mentions that the knowledge of Afrikaans was a problem in entry into the civil service after 1940s.

Also, the article asserts that on 16 June 1976, the Soweto uprising breaking out took place. It was aimed to protest against the Bantu Education Department's announcement. The decree required the compulsory medium of instruction in local high schools to be Afrikaans.

Violent conflicts took place on the day leaving hundreds of people and students dead. Today, it's been 19 years of changeover into democracy. Now, English is found dominant in politics, the media, commerce and education.

However, still little traces of the Afrikaans are found in English sometimes. They appear in the form some widely used words of English pronounced in Afrikaans accent.


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