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Investment in symmetrical multilingualism: researching successful white South African learners of African languages in the post-apartheid era

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Symmetrical multilingualism, in the South African context, describes an African language-inclusive variety of multilingualism – something almost entirely lacking in South Africa’s white population, who would typically speak English and/or Afrikaans. In this presentation, I will provide (1) a general background and introduction to the topic, (2) a focus on the multiple case study design I plan to use in my research, and (3) some hypotheses about the instantiation of successful investment, both at the individual and societal levels, of symmetrical multilingualism in South Africa.

This talk is part of the MEITS Multilingualism Seminars series.

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