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Patagonia’s last Boers keeping Afrikaans alive

In the early 1900s, after the Anglo-Boer war left the English in control of South Africa, about 600 Afrikaans speaking families moved en masse to South America to Patagonia's east coast. They struggled to set up a new life in an arid land with no easy access to water. More than a hundred years on, the language of their more senior members, in their 70s, 80s and 90s, is the subject of a study by linguists from the University of Michigan who say it may be the closest in existence to the original Afrikaans spoken a century ago.

(All photos of community copyright Richard Gregory / GOODWORK. Also umich.edu/~aacollab/index.html)

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