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A Badly Harvested Field: The Growth Of Linguistic Knowledge And The Dutch Cape Colony Until 1796

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The rapidly expanding Dutch Cape Colony founded in 1652 brought Europeans into closer contact with Khoesan languages and - from the 1770s onward - also with Bantu languages, more specifically with Isi-Xhosa and Se-Tswana. This chapter deals on the one hand with the descriptive properties of the various documents that have come down to us and on the other hand with certain mysteries surrounding some of these documents. It also deals with Wreede and his Compendium, ten Rhyne 's remarks on Cape Dutch Pidgin and Khoekhoe, two anonymous authors, Grevenbroek , Valentyn , Kolb , and Büttner. In a relatively short period at the beginning of the 18th century three men collected data on Cape Khoekhoe: the Dutch protestant minister François Valentyn , the German astronomer, later: Dutch East India Company (VOC) employee, Peter Kolb , and the German surgeon and VOC employee, Johann Daniel Büttner.

Keywords: Cape Khoekhoe; Dutch Cape Colony; François Valentyn; Johann Daniel Büttner; Peter Kolb



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