21 February 1936 Giving a lecture at Oxford, Professor Haarhoff advocates the desirability of recognising Afrikaans

Professor TJ Haarhoff, of Cardiff University College, delivered last night a lecture at Oxford on Afrikaans, the youngest language of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Afrikaans grew out of the various Dutch dialects spoken by the colonists who reached the Cape in 1652. After 1825, an attempt was made by the British Government to Anglicise the white population of Cape Colony, of which seven-eighths spoke Dutch or Afrikaans, by forbidding the language in schools and law courts.

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