Department of African Languages

Recent Submissions

  • The interrogative in the S.A. Bantu languages 

    Du Plessis, Jacobus A. (2014)
    The article will give an overview of questions in the S.A. Bantu languages with specific attention to the syntax and semantics of these sentence, i.e. the structure and meaning of interrogative clauses. For this purpose ...

  • The deficient verb [ba] in isiXhosa 

    Du Plessis, Jacobus A. (2014)
    The aim of this article is to establish how factivity clauses such as [ba-lamb-ile] (they are hungry) may appear in clauses which express certainty or consecutive in isiXhosa. For this purpose the influence of the deficient ...

  • Moods and tenses in Xitsonga 

    Du Plessis, Jacobus A. (2014)
    The aim of this article is firstly to give an overview of the forms and meanings of the various moods and tenses in Xitsonga, but then to primarily focus on the Dependent mood and its very wide distribution to see in what ...

  • Definiteness and specificity in Runyankore-Rukiga 

    Asiimwe, Allen (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study investigates the manifestations of the universal categories of (in)definiteness and (non-)specificity in the Runyankore-Rukiga determiner phrase by means of discourse-pragmatic and morpho-syntactic ...

  • African languages in a new linguistic dispensation : challenges for research and teaching at universities 

    Visser, Mariana (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-04)
    Marianna Visser was born in 1957 and matriculated at Framesby High School in Port Elizabeth. Her tertiary studies commenced in 1976 at Stellenbosch University, where she obtained her BA in 1978, and her BA Honours (cum ...

  • Comparative syntax of the South African Bantu Languages : derived verbs and transitivity in the Bantu languages 

    Du Plessis, Jacobus A. (2013-09)
    There are thirteen derivational affixes in these languages of which only the reflexive is a prefix of a verb. Many of these affixes have no syntactic influence on the structure of clauses but they are only semantic changing ...

  • Comparative syntax of the South African Bantu Languages : complex predicates 

    Du Plessis, Jacobus A. (2013-09)
    There are four complex predicates in the SA Bantu languages, i.e. predicates with copulative verbs, deficient verbs, the verbs thi/re and probability verbs. The last three complex predicates have been dealt with here. For ...

  • Comparative syntax of the SA Bantu languages: Transitive and intransitive verbs in the SA Bantu languages 

    Du Plessis, Jacobus A. (2013-09)
    Attention has been focused on the syntactic structure in which these verbs may appear, various features specific to these verbs as well as some verb classes in which these verbs regularly appear. The syntactic structure ...

  • The narrativization of post-2000 Zimbabwe in the Shona popular song-genre : an appraisal approach 

    Musiyiwa, Mickias (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The study explores the post-2000 popular song genre (expressed in Shona) in order to analyze its rhetorical potential in its appropriation as a medium for the construction and contestation of meanings ...

  • The discourse of conflict : an appraisal analysis of newspaper genres in English and Runyankore-Rukiga in Uganda (2001-2010) 

    Mugumya, Levis (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study explores generic properties of hard news reports and editorials and the nature of linguistic devices invoked by journalists to communicate issues of conflict in Uganda. It describes the textual ...

  • Appraisal and evaluation in Zimbabwean parliamentary discourse and its representation in newspaper articles 

    Jakaza, Ernest (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: “Unofananidza Jesu naKombayi here? (Lit. Are you comparing Jesus with Kombayi?) (Condolences on the death of Senator Patrick Kombayi, 28th July 2009, Appendix B4, line 350) This Shona interjection during ...

  • The causative and anticausative alternation in Kikongo (Kizombo) 

    Fernando, Mbiavanga (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study investigates the applicability and suitability of the syntactic decomposition approach to account for the causative and anticausative alternation in Kikongo (Kizombo) in terms of the structural ...

  • The reporter voice and objectivity in cross-linguistic reporting of controversial news in Zimbabwean newspapers : an appraisal approach 

    Sabao, Collen (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The dissertation is a comparative analysis of the structural (generic/cognitive) and ideological properties of Zimbabwean news reports in English, Shona and Ndebele, focusing specifically on the examination ...

  • Participation and decision making in Luganda : an appraisal and genre-theoretic investigation of spoken discourse at community development project meetings 

    Kabugo, Merit Ronald (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: If they don’t come out clearly to show us the true picture of different areas, it means that some areas that do not get the weather forecast cannot profit from their farming activities. This pushes our ...

  • Metaphor in TshiVenda 

    Netshisaulu, Nthambeleni Charles (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study investigates the cognitive, conceptual, linguistic, communicative and cultural nature of metaphors in Tshivenḓa in spoken discourse within the framework of conceptual metaphor theory extended ...

  • A comparative study of six Xhosa radio dramas 

    Makosana, Nomkhitha Ethley (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 1991-11)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study is based on the comparison of six Xhosa radio dramas spanning the period 1987 and 1988. The main objective is to investigate the strengths and weaknesses which manifest themselves in the dramas. ...

  • Uhlalutyo lwee-akhawunti zopolitiko emzantsi Afrika 

    Dantile, Julius Jabavu Thami (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2003-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study examines the effectiveness and inducement of political rhetoric in South African context. Political discourse has become more significant in South Africa since the sanction of a democratic ...

  • Uhlalutyo lwesemantiki yelekhisikoni yesenzi sentshukumo u-phuma kwisixhosa 

    Yekiwe, Mpumezo Martin (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2003-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study explores the lexical semantic analysis of motion verb - phuma in Xhosa. In Chapter 1 the aim of the study is stated. Properties about the lexical semantic analysis of the verb -phuma as well ...

  • Event structure in Zulu 

    Sithole, Nomsa Veronica (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2003-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study deals with three interrelated types of information about sentences in Zulu, i.e. situation aspect or events, viewpoint aspect which includes i.a. the perfective and imperfective aspect and ...

  • A genre-based pedagogical approach to teaching writing with reference to isiZulu texts 

    Zondi, Wilson Thembinkosi (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2003-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This assignment examines isiZulu texts within the framework of text-linguistic theories by various scholars and researchers, which illustrate linguistic elements that can be incorporated into the ...

  • A genre-based analysis of the society issue magazine text in Sesotho 

    Kathekiso, J. M. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2003-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study explores the text-linguistic and genre-analytic properties of Sesotho magazine texts on society issues. In particular, the model of text construction postulated by Grabe and Kaplan (1996) is ...

  • Uhlobo lwengcingane yohahlelo yenkcazelo yezentlalo kwimbalo zesixhosa 

    Dweba, Constance Xoliswa (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study investigates the genre-theoretic analystic properties of social commentary texts in isiXhosa which are extracted from the Bona magazine. These five articles are genres which all just deal ...

  • Ukungquzulana lwenkcubeko yemveli neyasentshona kwi-ingqumbo yeminyanya / ukuba ndandazile 

    Cata, Zolani Theo (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study explores the cultural conflict between the Western and African cultures in two Xhosa novels. The two novels investigated in this study are Ingqumbo yeminyanya by A.C. Jordan and Ukuba ...

  • The speech act of greetings in Tshivenda 

    Sibadela, Joyce Mukhethoni (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The use of interpersonal verbal routines such as greetings is a universal phenomenon of human languages. All human speech communities have such formulas, although their character and the incidence of ...

  • The personal perspective essay in Xhosa as reflection of the writing competence of grade 12 learners 

    Fongoqa, Nobatwa Virginia (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study explores a theoretical framework of language competence with reference to the teaching and learning of writing in Xhosa grade 12. The teaching of writing attempts to develop writing skills ...

  • The polysemy of motion verbs in Xitsonga 

    Baloyi, Sikheto Samual (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study explores selected motion verbs in Xitsonga within the framework of lexical sementics postulated by Pustejovsky (1995). This study examines the polysemy of the respective selected motion verbs ...

  • St J Page Yako's poetry of prominent people 

    Stengile, Msuthukazi Nontuthuzelo Unity; Yako, St. J. PageIkhwezi (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study is divided into five chapters. The first chapter which marks the introductory chapter deals with the general introduction to the entire study, the scope of the study, statement of the aim ...

  • Space and characterization in Sesotho novels 

    Moeketsi, Solomon Monare (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study examines space and characterization in Sesotho novels focussing on three main categories such as the space of travelling characters; the space of migrating characters; and the space as an ...

  • Nasal assimilation and related processes in Tshivenda : a linear and non-linear phonological analysis 

    Radzhadzhi, Musiiwa Aaron (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study focuses on nasal strengthening and nasal assimilation processes in Tshivenda. Two phonological models are applied in order to present credible descriptions and explanations of these phenomena. ...

  • Ijenda namasiko kumanoveli wesiZulu 

    Malaza, Thembekile Gladys (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study examines the portrayal of women characters in two postcolonial Zulu novels: Asikho ndawo bakithi (1996) and Itshwe/e lempangele (1998). The study is approached from a feminist theoretical ...

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