Publications and Research

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Spring 5-10-2018


The overall purpose of this research was to show the origin and relationship of the Xhosa language between the Khoi-Khoi People, S.E.K. Mqhayi, and the crew on the S.S Mendi. They all had one thing they suffered from language discrimination. Most important the research also attempts to show how a language can die out when native speakers have no cultural capital.


This poster was presented as part of the 2018 Creative Inquiry Day at Baruch College.


Mqhayi, S. E. K. (1914). Ityala Lamawele Namanje Amabali. Lovedale Press, South Africa.

S.S. Mendi history

Sullivan, H. (2017). The Legend of the S.S. Mendi. The New Yorker, New York NY. Thiong’o Ngugi, (2003). Black Linguistics. Routledge, London and New York.



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