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South Africa is diverse in culture but could be unified in language English should be South Africas unifying language It is necessary to understand what nationhood is so that you the reader realise that a national language does not alter a nation It binds the nation I will also discuss South Africas diverse cultures and how a unifying language can merge these cultures Lastly I will demonstrate the links between language and identity The concept of a nation is not easily defined Nationalism is a deeply contradictory enterprise P Brooker 1999148 Our nation is one that has been formed over many years and languages have been brought to us through imperialism immigrants and time We have to accept that for most nations of the world to escape the profound experience of imperialism would be in fact to escape their own actual history P Brooker 1999148 We cannot deny that there is an assortment of language which abound this nation However we need to choose one unifying language which we can all use This is essential for purposes of communication and mediation which I will discuss later This national language would be the only official language and English would be the unifying language Identity is an ever-changing concept South Africans sexuality class gender race and even language determine our identity Contemporary identities can therefore be fluid or consciously delimited Any number of factors are likely to be under negotiation in either case whether of religion nation language political ideology or cultural expression P Brooker 1999109 Our South African identity is one which has changed through imperialism and it is one that has changed through apartheid and it is one which will continue changing in order to progress therefore a national language such as English can become a part of this ever changing south African identity A national language will not change the identities of South Africans
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