Department of African Languages

Prof FS Madonsela (SiSwati)

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

  • B Paed (University of Zululand)
  • BA Honours (University of Pretoria)
  • MA (Rand Afrikaans University)
  • DLitt et Phil (University of South Africa)

 

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Translation Studies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Human Language Technology 

Field of Specialisation

  • Linguistics
  • Language Policy and Planning
  • Semantics 

Journal articles

  • Madonsela, S. 2017. Word-formation strategies and processes in the creation of synsets for the African Wordnet. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 35(2): 201–210.
  • Madonsela, S. 2017. Sociological Perspectives on Social Cohesion as the Principal Requirement for Social Stability. South African Review of Sociology 48(3): 84–98.
  • Madonsela, S. 2016. The pedagogical enhancement of classroom interaction through the use of code switching in multilingual classrooms in South Africa. Journal of Educational Studies 15(1): 126-146
  • Madonsela, S. 2015. Language anxiety caused by the single mode of instruction in multilingual classrooms: the case of African language learners. Africa Education Review. 12(3): 447-459
  • Madonsela, S. 2014. A critical analysis of the use of code-switching in Nhlapho’s novel Imbali yemaNgcamane. South African Journal of African Languages. 34(2): 167-174
  • Madonsela, S. 2014. 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. 965-973
  • Madonsela, S. 2013. The use of language in the media: A vehicle for indigenous cultural practices in selected SABC drama series. Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies. 23 (2): 301-320
  • Madonsela, S. 2012. Language as a fundamental right: how do the African languages benefit from this right? South African Journal of African Languages. 32(1): 91-97

Paper presentations

Conference papers:

  • 15th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities (London) Sociological Perspectives on Social Cohesion as the Principal Requirement for Social Stability (2017)

  • 18th Interim Conference of the African Languages Association of Southern Africa (ALASA): Empowering the School Governing Bodies (SGBs) in the formulation and implementation of the multilingual policy through the lens of the rights-based approach – Namibia University of Science and Technology (2016)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 10th International Conference on Humanities in the New Direction – Montreal Canada): Code switching - Enhancing status and social prestige or bridging the linguistic gap (2012)
  • African Languages Teacher Association University of Wisconsin (Madison) USA: Language as a fundamental right with reference to African Languages (2010)
  • ALASA regional conference (Port Elizabeth): Language Equity as pivotal in giving meaning to democracy in the millennium and beyond

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 

Other

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

  • Madonsela, Stanley; Mojapelo, Mampaka Lydia; Mafela, Munzhedzi James & Masubelele, Rose. 2016. African WordNet: a viable tool for sense discrimination in the indigenous African languages of South Africa. In Verginica Barbu Mititelu, Corina Forǎscu, Christiane Fellbaum & Piek Vossen (Eds.) Proceedings of the Eigth Global WordNet Conference 2016 (GWC2016), p. 192-198. Bucharest, Romania. ISBN 978-606-714-239-6 (Print); ISBN 978-973-0-20728-6 (Online). Available at http://gwc2016.racai.ro
  • 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