KORA, a lost Khoisan language of the early Cape and the Gariep

: du Plessis (M.)

R 445.00
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396pp., illus., maps, paperback, Pretoria & Cape Town, 2018


Kora, the Khoisan language spoken by the Khoi of the early Cape and the Gariep, was thought to have disappeared. In 2007 Mike Besten, an historian at the University of the Free State, discovered a few elderly people who still retained some fluency in the language. In 2011 Menán du Plessis and her team carried out an emergency documentation after obtaining recordings from two of the last living speakers.

Menán du Plessis is Extraordinary Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stellenbosch University. She is the author of two works of fiction, A State of Fear and Longlive!