Afrikaans (Western Cape dialect)

Afrikaans (Western Cape Dialect)

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The Western Cape dialect of Afrikaans is a dialect of Afrikaans that seems to have existed prior to the Great Trek, and which most probably influenced the language of the present-day Western Cape region of South Africa.

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

The term Kaapse Afrikaans ("Cape Afrikaans") is sometimes erroneously used to refer to the entire Western Cape dialect; it is more commonly used for a particular sociolect spoken in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa.

Kaapse Afrikaans was once spoken by all population groups however became increasingly restricted to the Cape Coloured socio-ethnic group in Cape Town and environs.

Characteristics of Kaapse Afrikaans

Kaapse Afrikaans preserves some features more similar to Dutch than to Modern Standard Afrikaans, hereafter Afrikaans.- The 1st person singular pronoun "ik" as in Dutch as opposed to Afrikaans "ek"- The diminutive endings "tje", pronounced as in Dutch and not as /ki:/ as in Afrikaans.- The use of the form "seg", cf. Dutch "zegt" as opposed to Afrikaans "sĂȘ"

Kaapse Afrikaans has some other features not typically found in Afrikaans.- The pronunciation of "j", normally /j/ as in Dutch is often a hard /dz/. This is the strongest feature of Kaapse Afrikaans.- The insertion of /j/ after /s/, /t/ and /k/ when...
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