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
E-mail: wilseac@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

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

Fields of academic interests

  • Language acquisition
  • Language processing
  • Reading
  • Writing

Field of Specialisation

  • First and second language acquisition
  • Reading development in bilingual children
  • Early literacy development in African languages
  • Language and reading disorders
  • Applied linguistics
  • Academic writing

Books

  • 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, South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 63(2), a145. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v63i2.145.
  • Wilsenach, C.  (2015). Receptive vocabulary and early literacy skills in emergent bilingual Northern Sotho-English children’, Reading & Writing 6(1), Art. #77, 11 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/rw.v6i1.77
  • Wilsenach, C. (2013). Phonological skills as predictor of reading success: An investigation of emergent bilingual Northern Sotho/English learners. Per Linguam: A journal of Language Learning, 29(2), 17-32.
  • Wijnen, F., Wilsenach, C. & De Bree, E. (2005). Dyslexie: vroege voorlopers in de taalontwikkeling. Logopedie, 18(4), Vlaamse Vereniging voor Logopedisten, Herentals.
  • Alphen, P. van, Bree, E. de, Jong, J. de, Gerrits, E., Wilsenach, C. & Wijnen, F. (2004). Early language development in children with a genetic risk of dyslexia. Dyslexia, 10, 265-288.
  • Bree, E. de & Wilsenach, C. & Gerrits, E. (2004). Fonologische verwerking en fonologisch werkgeheugen van kinderen met taalproblemen. Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 12(3), 172-186.
  • Bree, E. de & Wilsenach, C. (2002). Op zoek naar de voorlopers en voorspellers van dyslexie. Remediaal, 3(2), Themanummer: Dyslexie als Taalstoornis, 4-8.
  • Le Roux, C. & Wilsenach, C. (1999). Transfer from L1 to L2: A study of parameter values in the Afrikaans of a child L2 learner. SPIL Plus, 30, 79-109.

Paper presentations

  • Cross, S., Naicker, S. & Wilsenach, C. (2014).  A comparative study of the effects of age on perceptual processes within an information technology college in light of the Desktop Metaphor. Proceedings of the UNISA School of Arts Conference, UNISA Press, Pretoria. 
  • 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.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Projects

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