English-German: Glossary of Namibian Terms
edited by Marianne Zappen-Thomson
Since Namibia's Independence in 1990, a variety of English words have come into use, referring predominantly to political developments but also to changes in society in general. As German is one of the national languages in Namibia, these vocabulary changes also need to be expressed in this language. Yet because these terms are specific to the Namibian context, equivalent words cannot always be found in existing German dictionaries. Professor Marianne Zappen-Thomson, head of the German Section at the University of Namibia (UNAM), together with UNAM post-graduate students and colleagues from the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University of Bonn, in Germany, have coined appropriate terminology to express as accurately as possible the given English vocabulary in German. The aim is not to duplicate what can be found in existing dictionaries, but rather to elaborate on these with the unique situation of Namibia in mind, and to standardize the use of this terminology.
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‘Useful and interesting to Namibian university lecturers and school teachers involved in the teaching of German, and of equal value to journalists, development workers, NGOs, government officials and civil servants dealing with education, law and gender in Namibia and the Germanophone countries – Germany, Austria and Switzerland.’Sylvia Schlettwein, Writer, language consultant and tutor
About the Editor
Marianne Zappen-Thomson is a German language specialist and has lectured at the University of Namibia since its establishment. She implemented a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation at UNAM and has served as Head of the Department of Germanic and Romance Languages and as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has published widely and was awarded the Goldene Lilie Award in 2009 for her contribution to the German language in Namibia by Projekt Lilie.