South African English

Trevor Noah-Indians and the South African Accent

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Trevor Noah on the transition from the Indian accent to the South African accent.

Posted by Nicole Niesen on November 8, 2017

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Indian English;
South African English

Die Antwoord's Evil Boy: A Dynamic Crossroad of Language, Culture, and Rap in South Africa

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Die Antwoord is a controversial rap group from Cape Town, South Africa fronted by Ninja Yolandi Vi$$er. Speaking from a post-apartheid perspective, this group offers an underrepresented view of young, lower-middle class, white Afrikaans - a subculture known as "Zef." Historically, Zef has been considered a derogatory term describing someone who was white, poor, and "trashy." However, Die Antwoord and others have looked to transform this into a self-reflective, somewhat satirical, parody that Ninja described as being "apocalyptic debris that we’ve stuck together." In this music video, they display their unique code-switching between Afrikaans and English, as well as Xhosa - the Bantu language of the Xhosa people. Adding to their mixed-bag controversial nature, is the relationship of the Afrikaans languages’ association with apartheid. Through dynamic language and visual use, this video reflects the complex sociocultural and sociolinguistic interactions that occur in this region. The lyrical narrative told is a statement on the clash between traditional tribal circumcision rituals, and the modern subcultures that seem to offer an alternative path to "manhood." This can be heard in the verse by the guest rapper Wanga, sung in his native tongue: "Mamelapa umnqunduwakho! (listen here, you fucking asshole) Andifuni ukuyaehlatini! (I don't want to go to the bush with you) Sukubammba incanca yam! (don't touch my penis) Andi so stabani! (I’m not a gay) Incanca yam yeyamantobi! (this penis is for the girls) Incanca yam iclean! (my penis is clean) Incanca yam inamandla! (my penis is strong) Ndiyinkwekwe enkulu! (I am a big boy) Angi funi ukuba yeendota! (don't want to be a man) Evil boy 4 life! yebo! (yes) Evil boy 4 life!" Through the use of polyglossic code-switching, performativity, sociocultural and racial integration, and a revamping of contextual meanings, Die Antwoord is doing its part to redefine what it means to be young and Zef in South Africa, and what a socioculturally- and sociolinguistically-complex rebellion sounds like.

35 American accents

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In this short video, this gentleman displays the ability to use 35 American accents. It is pretty impressive that there are so many dialects of American English.

Black South African English 2

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This variety of Black South African English is notable (especially in comparison to the BSAE speaking security guard) for its more Cultivated style--which makes sense in context because the advertisement is for a South African university and therefore indicative of a higher socioeconomic class and exposure to the standard.

Posted by Manon Gilmore on November 12, 2014

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South African English;
Race,Ethnicity;
Socioeconomic Status

Black South African English

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This black South African security guard speaks using a variety of Black South African English.

Posted by Manon Gilmore on November 12, 2014

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South African English;
Race,Ethnicity

Sharlto Copley White South African English

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Sharlto Copley is a white South African actor who speaks with a General/Broad SAE accent.

Posted by Manon Gilmore on November 12, 2014

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South African English;
Race,Ethnicity

Die Antwoord

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Code-switching by the South African group Die Antwoord

Posted by Kara Becker on March 12, 2013

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South African English;
Code-switching

Blood Diamond: South African English

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Actor Leonardo Dicaprio's representation of a Rhodesian accent in the move Blood Diamond.

Posted on November 5, 2012

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South African English

What's your English, South Africa?

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A short video made in preparation for the World Cup in South African in 2010, with young South Africans discussing their unique English varieity

Posted on November 5, 2012

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South African English;
Slang

Die Antwoord: South African English

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Members of the South African rap group Die Antwoord in a 2012 interview

Posted on November 5, 2012

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South African English