A Grammar of Afrikaans by Bruce C. Donaldson

By Bruce C. Donaldson

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E. as [jansmats]. Consequently some Afrikaans speakers named Smuts have adopted this pronunciation of their name, [smoets] versus [smats] seems to reflect the pre-war division of South African political loyalties between the Natte (Nationalist Party, supported by Afrikaans speakers) and the Sappe (South Africa Party, which enjoyed both English and Afrikaans support). c) Some Afrikaans surnames are of German origin: Hauptfleisch [fioaflis] or [fiuflis] or with [J], an Afrikaans assimilation 26 27 The anglicised Labuschagnes pronounce their name ['lacbujain].

Cilliers [ssl'jea], Coetzee [kut'sea]. 2. The consonant ch [x] Examples: chaos [xa:os], chemikaliee [xemi'kailia] 'chemicals', christen [xristan] 'Christian'. The fricative [x] is spelt g in indigenous words and ch only in certain loanwords. 3. The consonant ch [J] Examples: chauvinisties [Jceuva'ni'stis], China [Jinaf4 (also spelt Sjina), chirurg [fi'rcerx] 'surgeon'. e. [wa]. 11). 20 Pronunciation their language of origin which retain that spelling and pronunciation in Afrikaans. 10). 4. The consonant ch [k] Examples: cholesterol [fo'lestersl], sinchroniseer [sankrona'sear].

G. bespiegeling 'speculation', compare spieel 'mirror' (< Dutch spiegel), betogerl betoging 'demonstrator/demonstration', die Tygerberg (a suburban area of Cape Town), and numerous present participles formed from verbs ending in g such as stygend 'rising* (< styg 'to rise') and hygend 'gasping7 (< hyg 'to gasp') - compare swyend 'in silence' (< swyg 'to be silent'). In all these cases g is pronounced [x]. g. eige [aiga] = eie Own', hoge [fioaga] = hoe "high', oge [oaga] = oe 'eyes', rugge [roega] = rue backs'.

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