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LANGUAGE GUIDE (article first published : 2000-08-17)

Oxford University Press in Cape Town has just released The SA (Language) Style Guide, Edited by Francois Nel, it is a useful new addition to the publishers’ language reference books.

A practical and manageable solution for anyone writing in or about South Africa, The SA Style Guide is a timely resource penned in response to the problems faced by writers and editors in the unique SA context. Designed as a quick-reference dictionary, the guide includes advice on matters of style as well as crucial up-to-date information on Southern African politics and international affairs.

Many journalists find themselves battling to meet a deadline only to be held up by the correct spelling or presentation of words they hear every day such as “Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika”. Or, which is right - “Umkhonto we Sizwe” or “uMkhonto weSizwe”. South African terms from various cultures are given their historical background, allowing for greater sense of sensitivity to the audience for which the literature is intended.

At 160 pages, The SA (Language) Style Guide comes into stock at Adam’s Campus Bookshop in the week of August 21. The cost is R120. More details from Cedric Sissing on (031) 261-2320 or Fax (031) 261-6053. Or write to Adams Campus Bookshop, University of Natal Durban, PO Box 17221, Congella, 4013. E-mail adamsbks@iafrica.com or visit www.adamsbooks.co.za




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