Monday, 25 May 2015 12:19

Orraait – own your linguistic citizenship

Written by Christopher Stroud - Mail&Guardian
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What do hip-hop artists from the Cape Flats, drag kings and tattooists from Observatory and grade R children and their parents from Manenberg have in common with protesters marching on Rondebosch Common, creative writing students and graffiti artists?
All are exercising their linguistic citizenship. They use language to interact, share space and establish their sense of belonging and their power to initiate.

In hip-hop battles and drag king performances, people position themselves and are positioned by others through language as people with particular racial and gendered identities.
Recently in a multilingual rap battle, race surfaced saliently between a white rapper (rapping in English) and a Coloured one rapping in Kaaps. The Coloured rapper....
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