Participants Tore Janson, Joseph Tsonope
The project traces the development of Setswana from the earliest known records to its present status as a national language in Botswana. The complex relationship between nation, language and society is treated in detail, with reference to both historical and geographical influences. Special emphasis is placed on the linguistic consequences of the great social changes brought about by independence in 1966.
The project has resulted in a book called Birth of a national language: the history of Setswana, published by Heinemann in 1991 (see further below).
Janson, Tore. 1985. Labialization in Setswana: phonetics and phonology. In: Phonologica Africana 1984 (Wiener linguistische Gazette, supplement 5), pp 73-84. Vienna.
Janson, Tore. 1987. What happen's to Setswana? In: Dumela, vol 87(4), p 11. Gaborone.
Janson, Tore. 1990. Language change and metalinguistic change: Latin to Romance and other cases. In: Latin and the Romance languages in the early middle ages, pp 19-28. Edited by Roger Wright. Routledge. London.
Janson, Tore & Joe Tsonope. 1991. Birth of a national language: the history of Setswana. Heinemann Botswana & the National Institute of Development Research and Documentation (NIR) at the University of Botswana. Gaborone. Pp vi, 165. ISBN 0-435-91620-3.
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