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Title:'Taaltriomf of taalverdriet?' An aspect of the roles of Eugène Marais and Gustav Preller in the Second Language Movement, circa 1905-1927
Authors:Swart, SandraISNI
Van Der Watt, Lize-MariéISNI
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:language policy
Afrikaans language
About persons:Eugène Nielen Marais (1871-1936)ISNI
Gustav Schoeman Preller (1875-1943)ISNI
Abstract:After the Anglo-Boer War, the threat of Anglicization had special emotional resonance with many Boers. Their fears were exacerbated by the reconstruction policies of Lord Alfred Milner. This provided impetus to what was termed the Second Language Movement, a movement that endeavoured to make Afrikaans an official, written language, a language autonomous from Dutch, with its own literature and higher-function uses. The historiography of the Second Language Movement is, however, overwhelmingly triumphalist, giving a whiggish account of a successful nationalist endeavour. This article explores the more nuanced aspects of the Second Language Movement and its place in history by examining the roles of two eminent 'taalstryders', Eugène Marais (1871-1936) and Gustav Schoeman Preller (1875-1943). Although they were enthusiastic proponents of the movement at its inception, their position had changed radically by the late 1920s. This article explores possible reasons for this and throws a more nuanced light on the dissonances within the Second Language Movement. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]