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Sibonile Mpendukana

Sibonile Mpendukana

Sibonile Mpendukana is a lecturer at the Linguistics section and a Phd candidate.

 

He is a sociolinguist that has a particular interest on Semiotic Landscapes. His PhD project is titled: Semiotics of spatial citizenship: place, race and identity in post-apartheid South Africa.  His specific research interests are in the nexus of place, semiotics/language and race in the post-1994 era, and his central focus is on the ways in which place is a salient semiotic dynamic in different, evolving somatic and semiotic performances of race.  More specifically, how does the semiotic constitution of place work in tandem with the racializing of the body?

 

Between 2011 – 2013 he had a brief stint working for an advertising agency as a junior strategic planner where his linguistic experitse and understading of semiotics contributed in the creation of billborards and adverts for various brands.

 

Recent Publications

Mpendukana, S & Stroud, C (2019) Of Monkeys, shacks and Loos: Changing Times, Changing Places in Making Sense of People and Place in Linguistic Landscapes, Peck, A, Stroud, C and Williams Q (eds.); Bloomsbury, Great Britain, pp183- 200.

 

Mpendukana, S (2019) Linguistic Landscapes in Language, Society and Communication 2nd edition, Bock, Z and Mheta G (eds); Van Schaik, Cape Town, pp 483 – 504.

 

Mpendukana, S (2014) Linguistic Landscapes in Language, Society and Communication, Bock, Z and Mheta G (eds); Van Schaik, Cape Town, pp 463 – 489.

 

Stroud, C. and Mpendukana, S. (2012) Material ethnographies of Multilingualism: Linguistic landscapes in the township of Khayelitsha in Multilingualism, Discourse and Ethnography, Sheena Gardner and Marilyn Martin-Jones (eds); Routledge, London, pp 149 -162.

 

Stroud, C. and Mpendukana, S. (2010). Multilingual signage: a multimodal approach to discourses of consumption in a South African township. Social Semiotics, 20(5): 469 -493.

Stroud, C and Mpendukana, S. (2009). Towards a material ethnography of linguistic landscape: Multilingualism, mobility and space in a South African township. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 13 (3), pp. 363 – 386.

Interests and Current Research Projects

His research interests remain largely within  the  field of sociolinguistics through Semiotic landscapes.  His work focuses on understanding the subtle and complex ways in which everyday language use contributes to the replication of racial disparities thereby revealing some of the mechanisms that drive racial polarization in the country.

Consultation Times

By appointment

Contact Details

Office address: Room 7, AC Jordan Building, UCT

Telephone: 021 650 3136

Email address: Sibonile.mpendukana@uct.ac.za/ smpendukana@gmail.com