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Varieties of English in Action: Analyzing Language Diversity in a Literary Context

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Question: Question 4 4.1 In Unit 1 of Tutorial Letter 501 you are made aware that English has many varieties due to several factors, which include multilingualism, geographic location, and technological innovations, among other factors. Some of the common varieties include the following: Standard English, Indian English, Black South African English, township lingo, Kasi-taal and Coloured English. Read the following text and answer the questions that follow: As I was about to start another line from the Old Major’s speech, there was a loud knock at my door. Quickly, I got onto my feet and opened the door. Dinga and his girlfriend Thekwini, known to us as Theks, were standing there. ‘Wola pintshi!’ Dinga greeted me in township lingo. ‘Heyta daar. Please come inside.’ ‘Hi Dingz, said Theks. ‘Hello.’ Extract from Dog eat Dog (2004, p. 57) by Niq Mhlongo 4.1.1 Identify the variety used in the text. (1 mark) 4.1.2 Identify words/expressions that made you choose the variety you mentioned in 4.1.1. (3 marks) 4.1.3 Write the words/expressions you mentioned in 4.1.2 in standard English. (3 marks) 4.2 Write a sentence in which you have used non-Standard English and then provide the standard English version of the sentence. (

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3 marks) Answer: 4.1.1 The variety used in the text is Township Lingo. (1 mark) 4.1.2 The words and expressions that indicate it's Township Lingo are ‘Wola pintshi!’ and ‘Heyta daar’. (3 marks) 4.1.3 - 'Wola pintshi!' translates to 'Hello friend!' in Standard English. - 'Heyta daar.' translates to 'Hello there.' in Standard English. (3 marks) 4.2 Non-standard English: "I ain't got no idea what you're saying." Standard English version: "I have no idea what you're saying." (3 marks)

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March 13, 2024, 2:03 a.m.

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Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

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