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  • noun Condition of being able to speak only a single language.


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unilingual + -ism


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  • A multiplicity of diverse and multilingual voices and debates within and even across languages ought to be what builds and deepens our democracy, what restores our dignity and what strengthens our participation in national and global affairs as a confident collective force to be reckoned with - especially in reaction to the politics of unilingualism and unilateralism.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2003

  • Pansalb has made rulings against several organisations over the past year that unilingualism is unconstitutional.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2000

  • "A policy of unilingualism will necessarily hold negative consequences, in terms of misunderstandings, lack of productivity, and safety hazards," he said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2000

  • Council violated language rights with their policies of unilingualism.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2000

  • The South Africa Yearbook, 1998, says that in spite of the fact that the constitution provides for the equal use of all the official languages and prohibits the diminishing of the status and rights of any language, there is a marked move towards unilingualism in the public sector.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1999

  • Instead of trying to accommodate the diversity of languages, the ANC was increasingly moving in the direction of enforced unilingualism.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1998

  • In the months leading up to the formation of the LANGTAG, it had become clear that, contrary to the constitutional provisions, there was a definite trend towards unilingualism in our country.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1996

  • Ngubane announcd Langtag as a measure against a "definate tendancy towards unilingualism" in South Africa.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1995

  • The government has set out a language planning task group to counter what it says is a defnite tendency toward unilingualism in

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1995

  • This approach leads to unilingualism and the unacceptable subordination of marginalised groups under a dominant group which we can no longer tolerate in a democratic South

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1995


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