Publication details [#58514]

Hornberger, Nancy H. 2014. On not taking language inequality for granted: Hymesian traces in ethnographic monitoring of South Africa’s multilingual language policy. Multilingua 33 (5,6) : 623–645.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This study discusses two scholar-backed initiatives at Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal universities to effectively execute South Africa’s multilingual language policy fostering institutional (medium of instruction) status for nine African languages, English, and Afrikaans, aimed at settling enduring social injustices. It asserts that monitoring in education (cfr. Hymes, 1980) constitutes one way of contesting language inequity.