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PanSALB has already embarked on this project by requesting the National Language Bodies to revise the current spelling and orthography rules. The PanSALB structures (e.g. the National Language Bodies (NLBs), the Provincial Language Committees (PLCs), and the National Lexicography Units (NLUs)) would like to collaborate with the national and provincial Departments of Arts and Culture, of Education, and of Communication. The final documents for each of the official African languages should be
more » ... ucts of consultative mechanisms of which the different speakers of the official African languages could rightfully claim ownership. The National Language Bodies are well positioned to deliver a product with normative rules on spelling and orthography for each of the official African languages, that would enhance communication in South Africa. The Technical Committees (TCs) entrusted with standardisation will have to decide on the degree of revision that is needed for the respective languages. Some of the National Language Bodies have already started with the revision of the spelling and orthography rules of their respective languages. The Technical Committees (TCs) will revisit and/or revise existing documents on spelling, orthography and editing rules. They will also focus on naming and word forming principles, and on abbreviation and punctuation principles. This process entails standardisation as well as modernisation of the existing rules. The output will be nine products that will make easy reference to the spelling and orthography rules of the nine official African languages possible. These will be used as quick reference tools that will also include appropriate word lists illustrating the rules. I think I speak on behalf of all the AFRILEX members when I say that we are all looking forward to having revised spelling and orthography rules for all our official South African languages.
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