Talk:Afrikaans Language Monument

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Thinking that maybe that should be "Afrikaaner poets" rather than "Afrikaans poets" but unsure if this distinction applies with these terms, or if Afrikaaner can even be used as an adjective. Do these words have the same person/object relationship that Scots/scottish and Asian/oriental have, in which you wouldn't want to call a person scottish, oriental, or (perhaps) Afrikaans?

Generally, "Afrikaans" refers to the language (or any of its speakers), while "Afrikaner" refers to the ethnic group/culture. So, "Afrikaans poet" emphasises that the poetry is in Afrikaans (without necessarily saying anything about the poet's cultural background), while "Afrikaner poet" emphasises that the poet is an Afrikaner (without necessarily saying anything about the language they write in). --Piet Delport 14:42, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

Other language monuments?[edit]

Mikkerpikker recently removed the statement "The Afrikaans Language Monument is the only monument in the world dedicated to a language." from the article, explaining that it isn't. I searched for another example, but i could only find the Shaheed Minar, or "Martyr's monument", which, while it is closely associated with the Bangli language, is dedicated to the martyrs who died in the Language Movement, and not strictly to the language itself. So, what other language monuments are there? --Piet Delport 08:36, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Hi Piet, my edit was based mainly on Talk:Afrikaans#Taal_Monument. Mikker (...) 19:34, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
I responded there. So far, i still believe the monument is unique in being dedicated purely to a language, instead of just being associated with one. Unless i can find a counter-example, or someone objects, i'll restore the statement to the article. --Piet Delport 15:09, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
I saw your response, but I find Gareth's counter-response more convincing. That said, if you think it is terribly important to have the "only language monument" language in the article, I won't object (unless I can find a specific and clear counter-example; but I'm not going looking). I simply thought it was a simply factual mistake, if it isn't, restore the original language by all means. Mikker (...) 17:57, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Andy 12:04, 27 October 2006 (UTC)[edit]

The article don't mentions the name of Jan van Bijl who built the monument.

WP:SAFRICA assessment[edit]

I've assessed this article as C-Class. Could do with better referencing to get it higher. Ron2K (talk) 20:12, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

Removed "controversy" section[edit]

I've removed the following paragraph which has virtually nothing to do with the monument. If it belongs anywhere (which is debatable) it might be in the Anton Rupert article, or perhaps the article on Afrikaans, but definitely not here. If anyone wants to move it somewhere else, here it is:

When the British design magazine Wallpaper described Afrikaans as 'one of the world's ugliest languages' in its September 2005 article about the Monument, South African billionaire Johann Rupert (chairman of the Richemont group), responded by withdrawing advertising for brands such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Montblanc and Alfred Dunhill from the magazine.[1] The author of the article, Bronwyn Davies, was an English-speaking South African living in Tamboerskloof, in Cape Town, although the comment was made in a caption next to a picture, not in the article itself.[2]

Zaian (talk) 09:03, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Good call --NJR_ZA (talk) 16:52, 27 November 2010 (UTC)


  1. ^ "Afrikaans stars join row over 'ugly language'". Independent Online (South Africa). 2005-12-10. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  2. ^ Jou ma se tongue, Cape Argus, December 14, 2005

The Opening Ceremony[edit]

Would anyone like to add anything about the ceremony which accompanied the dedication (or presenting) of the monument in 1975? Invmog (talk) 15:26, 18 December 2010 (UTC)


Anyone know the exact height of the monument? I tried looking online but found nothing? :S Bezuidenhout (talk) 12:29, 10 July 2012 (UTC)

Article here says the main column is 186 feet (57 meters), confirmed by 17:20, 10 July 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Firefishy (talkcontribs)

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