Department of African Languages

Prof MR Masubelele

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: African Languages
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 8638
E-mail: masubmr@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • Higher Primary Teachers’ Course (Vryheid College of Education, 1969)
  • BA African Languages and Education (University of South Africa, 1986)
  • BA Honours African languages (University of South Africa, 1989)
  • MA African Languages (Vista University, 1993)
  • D Litt et Phil African Languages (University of South Africa, 2008) 

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Translation studies
  • IsiZulu Linguistics
  • IsiZulu Literature
  • Terminography
  • Naming
  • Folklore 

Field of Specialisation

  • IsiZulu linguistics
  • IsiZulu literature  
  • Translation Studies 

Journal articles

Journal articles:

  • 2010 – Acta Theologica 2010 Supplementum 12 Missionary interventions in Zulu religious practices: the term for the Supreme Being. pp 62-77.
  • 2010 – SAFOS Journal 2010 Vol 19(1) Domestication or Foreignisation? Lessons  from Ntuli’s translation of Kahlil Gibran’s Poetry. pp. 82 - 92.
  • 2011 – Literator Vol 33 (1) 2012 A critical analysis of domestication in  Makhambeni’s translation  of Chinua Achebe’s novel “No longer at ease”. pp 105 – 123.
  • 2012 – SAFOS Vol 22 (1) Mending the African social fabric: Lessons from isiZulu  proverbs. pp.73 – 84
  • The use of morphemes in Zulu naming patterns

Paper presentations

Conference papers:

  • 2009 - New Directions in the Humanities Conference - Missionary interventions in Zulu religious practices: the name for the Supreme Being.
  • 2011 - COLLOQUIM FOR AFRICAN LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS - The use of morphemes in Zulu naming patterns
  • 2012 - ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR AFRICAN LINGUISTICS - Lost in translation: lack of equivalent terms in isiZulu for the medical professionals
  • 2012 – SAFOS - idioms as face saving strategies
  • 2013 – ALASA - Critical analysis of Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’ The Prophet’ by DBZNtuli
  • 2014 –SAFOS -  A pragmatic analysis of metaphorical idioms in isiZulu
  • 2014 – ALASA – Do translators have a style of their own? Lessons from Ntuli’s translation ‘The rainbow’ 

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • 2005-2006: Awarded the NRF Disctinct Opportunities Focus Area Research Grant. 

Projects

  • African Wordnet
  • SeLA Multilingual database
  • Wikipedia (African Languages)
  • Annotation of Named Entities (in collaboration with the Centre for Text Technology (CText® at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus)
  • Parsing or Phrase chunking of sentences (in collaboration with the Centre for Text Technology (CText® at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus)  

Other

Other departmental matters

  • Tuition and Learning
    • AFL3703
    • AFL3701
    • AFL2602
    • AFL1502 (Grammar)
    • AFL4802
    • Co-ordinator AFL2602
    • Post graduate supervision
  • Citizenship
  • Co-ordinator (DAL Tuition Committee)
  • Moderator for TUT, UKZN, UJ and Wits
  • External marker
  • SAFOS Scientific Editor