Original Articles

Jul'hoan orthography in practice

Published in: South African Journal of African Languages
Volume 11, issue 3, 1991 , pages: 99–104
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.1991.10586900
Author(s): Patrick Dickens, Namibia


This article is an exposition of a new Jul'hoan orthography which has been taught to Jul'hoansi in Bushmanland, Namibia, and which has been found suitable for practical writing and reading. The inadequacies of the two previous ‘official’ and as yet, untaught, orthographies for this language we discussed. The new orthography is based on sound linguistic principles, but it also takes into account the southern African tradition of click-symbolization, as well as ease of typing and typesetting. A sample of the orthography (written by a 12-year-old boy) is given al the end of the article. The question of dialect-standardization in the context of urgent developmental needs is also considered briefly.

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