Department of African Languages

Prof FS Madonsela

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: African Languages
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 4140
Fax: 012 429 8201
E-mail: madonfs@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Literature and Philosophy  (Unisa, 2013) 

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Translation Studies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Human Language Technology 

Field of Specialisation

  • Linguistics
  • Language Policy and Planning
  • Semantics 

Journal articles

  • Language as a fundamental right: how do the African languages benefit from this right? South African Journal of African Languages 2012, 32(1): 91-97
  •  The use of language in the media: A vehicle for indigenous cultural practices in selected SABC drama series Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies Vol. 23(2) December 2013: 301-320
  • Comprehending the legality of the use of the term “practicable” in the South African Constitution from the African languages perspective DIRASAT Human and Social Sciences Vol. 41, No.3. 2014: 965-973
  •  A critical analysis of the use of code-switching in Nhlapho’s novel Imbali yemaNgcamane South African Journal of African Languages 2014, 34(2): 167-174 Language as a fundamental right: how do the African languages benefit from this right?
  • Language anxiety caused by the single mode of instruction in multilingual classrooms: the case of African language learners Africa Education Review 2015, 12(3): 447-459

Paper presentations

Conference papers:

  • ALASA regional conference (Port Elizabeth): Language Equity as pivotal in giving meaning to democracy in the millennium and beyond
  • African Languages Teacher Association University of Wisconsin (Madison) USA: Language as a fundamental right with reference to African Languages (2010)
  • 10th International Conference on Humanities in the New Direction – Montreal Canada): Code switching - Enhancing status and social prestige or bridging the linguistic gap (2012)
  • 17th Biennial International Conference of the African Languages Association of Southern Africa – UNISA (South Africa): Problems of translating words with extended meaning: Lessons from isiZulu synsets (2013)
  • 12th International Conference on Humanities in the New Direction – Madrid (Spain): A critical analysis on the use of code switching in Hlapho’s novel Imbali YemaNgcamane (2014)
  • XII International Conference on Languages, Linguistics and Society – New York (USA): Language anxiety caused by the single mode of instruction in multilingual classrooms: the case of African language learners (2015)

Workshop presentations:

  • Mpumalanga Department of Arts, Culture, Sports & Recreation – Ermelo: The role of the family in the upbringing of an African child – 2014
  • Trajectories in the African languages – Birchwood Hotel (Boksburg) – Independent Examination Board - 2015 

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Scientific Editor of the Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies
  • Executive Committee Member of SAFOS 

Projects

  • Students’ Language Attitudes Strategic Project
  • African WordNet
  • DAL Project on empowering educators and learners in African languages