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The damaging effects of romantic mythopoeia on Khoesan linguistics

dc.contributor.authorDu Plessis, Menanen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-19T08:12:34Z
dc.date.available2018-01-19T08:12:34Z
dc.date.issued2014-06
dc.identifier.citationDu Plesis, M. 2014. The damaging effects of romantic mythopoeia on Khoesan linguistics. Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural Studies, 28(3):569-592, doi:10.1080/02560046.2014.929217en_ZA
dc.identifier.isbn0256-0046 (Print)
dc.identifier.other1992-6049 (Online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103060
dc.descriptionCITATION: Du Plesis, M. 2014. The damaging effects of romantic mythopoeia on Khoesan linguistics. Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural Studies, 28(3):569-592, doi:10.1080/02560046.2014.929217.en_ZA
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dc.description.abstractThe article outlines some basic guidelines that should inform studies in comparative linguistics, and notes a tendency in contemporary Khoesan linguistics for these to be neglected, while pre-theoretical assumptions of ‘ancientness’ and ‘otherness’ take their place. The article demonstrates the damaging effects of this romanticism through two brief case studies – one concerning the supposedly primordial stratum made up of the JU and !UI-TAA languages, and the other concerning a conjectured intermediate stratum made up of the KHOE (or ‘Khoe- Kwadi’) languages. It is concluded that the construction of these linguistic layers, so neatly in agreement with the layers proposed in certain models of southern African population history, has been enabled by a willingness to believe that perceptions of otherness have some absolute and meaningful value, and that they take precedence over fundamental principles.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560046.2014.929217
dc.format.extent17 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_ZA
dc.subjectComparative linguisticsen_ZA
dc.subjectKhosan languages -- Grammar, comparativeen_ZA
dc.subjectBantu languages -- Grammar, comparativeen_ZA
dc.subjectMetatheory -- Grammar, comparativeen_ZA
dc.subjectDemythologization (Literature) -- Khoisan languages -- Grammar, comparativeen_ZA
dc.titleThe damaging effects of romantic mythopoeia on Khoesan linguisticsen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPost printen_ZA
dc.rights.holderCritical Arts Project & UNISA Pressen_ZA


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