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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 (, , or ) is one of the official languages of South Africa. It is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa, Namibia, and to a lesser extent, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It evolved from the Dutch vernacular of South Holland spoken by the mainly Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa, where it gradually began to develop distinguishing characteristics in the course of the 18th century. Hence, 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). The term is ultimately derived from Dutch "Afrikaans-Hollands" meaning "African Dutch". It is the first language of most of the Afrikaner and Coloured people of Southern Africa.

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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
(hypernym) Dutch
1. belonging or relating to white people of South Africa whose ancestors were Dutch or to their language; "an Afrikaans couple"; "Afrikaner support"
(synonym) Afrikaner
(pertainym) South Africa, Republic of South Africa

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