Afrikaans (Northern Cape dialect)

Afrikaans (Northern Cape Dialect)

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The Northern Cape dialect of Afrikaans is a theoretical, historical dialect of Afrikaans which may have existed prior to the Great Trek, and which may have influenced the language of the present-day Northern Cape region of South Africa.

The Northern Cape dialect may have resulted from contact between Dutch settlers and the Khoi-Khoi and various other tribes along the western side of Africa between the Great Karoo and the Kunene River.

The dialect was named before the establishment of the current Northern Cape province of South Africa, and should not be regarded as the dialect of that province.


The term Oranjeriverafrikaans ("Afrikaans of the Orange River") is sometimes erroneously used to refer to the Northern Cape dialect; it is more commonly used for the regional peculiarities of standard Afrikaans spoken in the Upington/Orange River wine district of South Africa.

Some of the characteristics of Oranjerivierafrikaans are the plural form -goed (Ma-goed, meneergoed), variant pronunciation such as in kjerk (Church) and gjeld (money) and the ending -se, which indicates possession.

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