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dc.creatorPosel, Dorrit.
dc.creatorZeller, Jochen Klaus.
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-30T08:53:15Z
dc.date.available2013-01-30T08:53:15Z
dc.date.created2010-03-11
dc.date.issued2010-03-11
dc.identifier.citationPosel, D, & Zeller, J. 2011, Home language and English language ability in South Africa: insights from new data. Southern African Linguistics & Applied Language Studies, 29 (2) pp. 115-126.en
dc.identifier.issn1607-3614
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.2989/16073614.2011.633360en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/8453
dc.descriptionThis is the unreviewed manuscript of an article originally submitted to Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies and whose final and definitive form has been published in Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 2011, 29 (2): 407-428. © 2008 copyright NISC (Pty) Ltd. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rall20
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we analyse data on language ability collected in a new nationally representative household survey, the National Income Dynamics Study, which captures information on reading and writing ability, both in the individual’s home language and in English. We find that self-assessed reading and writing ability are highly correlated in the data, and that individuals typically report considerably higher ability in their home language than in English. The data suggest large racial differences in language skills, in the individual’s home language and particularly in English. Racial differences however are narrower among younger adults (aged 15 to 30 years) than among older adults. Furthermore, whereas older women are less likely than older men to report being able to read and write very well, in both their home language and in English, this is reversed among younger women and men. Finally we show that individuals who report good reading and writing ability in their home language and far more likely to report good reading and writing ability in English.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSouthern African Applied Linguistics Association & The Linguistics Society of Southern Africa.en
dc.subjectFunctional literacy--South Africa.en
dc.subjectLanguage and languages--Ability testing--South Africa.en
dc.subject.otherRacial differences.en
dc.titleHome language and English language ability in South Africa: Insights from new data.en
dc.typePeer reviewed journal articleen


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