Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages

Dr AC Wilsenach

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Linguistics and Modern Languages
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6045


  • PhD Linguistics (Utrecht University, 2006)
  • MA Linguistics (University of Stellenboch,1999)

Fields of academic interests

  • Linguistic and early literacy development in bilingual children
  • Language processing
  • The human brain and language
  • Reading and Writing

Field of Specialisation

  • First and Second Language Acquisition
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Language disorders
  • Academic writing


  • De Jong, J., de Bree, E., Wilsenach, C & Gerrits, E. (2004). Dyslexie in relatie tot primaire taalstoornissen. In: K.P. van den Bos & L. Verhoeven (Red.), Leven met dyslexie. Antwerpen/Apeldoorn:Garant.
  • Wilsenach, C. & Wijnen, F (2004). Perceptual sensitivity to morphosyntactic agreement in language learners. Evidence from Dutch children at risk for developing dyslexia. In A. Brugos, L. Micciulla & C.E. Smith, (Eds). Proceedings of 28th BU Conference on Language Development, 645-656.  Somerville (Mass): Cascadilla Press.

Journal articles

  • Wilsenach, C (2016). Identifying phonological processing deficits in Northern Sotho-speaking children: the use of nonword repetition as a lanugage assessment tool in the South African context, Southern African Journal of Communication Disorders, 63(2), a145.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Vice-treasurer of the Reading Association of South Africa
  • Treasurer of the Gauteng Branch of the Reading Association of South Africa


  • The relationship between phonological skills and literacy achievement in Northern Sotho-English bilingual children: a longitudinal investigation.