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AXL4300W Research Essay/Project

AXL4301F Multilingualism

AXL4317S Cultural Politics of Language

AXL4304S Special Topic: Reading Course

AXL4306S Language Variation

AXL4318F Language Contact & Globalisation

AXL4320S Language and Race

AXL4321F Research Methodology in Linguistics

AXL4313S African Languages in Education

 

AXL5301W Minor Dissertation

AXL5302S Cultural Politics of Language

AXL5303F Multilingualism

AXL5315S Language Variation

AXL5320S Language and Race

AXL5310F Language Contact and Globalisation

 

 

AXL4300W RESEARCH ESSAY/PROJECT

30 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

An appropriate research paper, chosen in consultation with the Graduate convener, of approximately

15,000 words in length.

DP requirements: Attendance at the research methodology seminars in the Linguistics Section.

Assessment: Research/essay project 100%.

 

AXL4301F MULTILINGUALISM

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

This course explores the diverse consequences of language contact and multilingualism, focusing on

themes such as societal and individual multilingualism, language and identity, borrowing, mixing,

language maintenance and shift, language policy and language ideologies, heteroglossia and

hybridity. Readings and discussions will focus on African multilingualism (including the Diaspora)

within a global context.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: A research proposal counting 25% and an essay of approximately 6,000 words,

counting 75%.

 

AXL4304S SPECIAL TOPIC: READING COURSE

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme. This course may only be

taken with special permission.

Course outline:

This is a course involving independent study of a special topic within linguistics that is not offered

as a regular course. Students will do independent readings based on a list of readings on a set topic

that is related to their research interests, e.g. Biological Foundations of Language, Advanced topics

in Code-Switching, etc.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: Two essays of 5,000 words, each, counting 50%.

 

AXL4306S LANGUAGE VARIATION

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

The course aims to examine the way in which language use varies within society, in relation to key

sociological variables like age, gender, class and ethnicity and to contextual variables like style and

relations between speakers. Key texts will include the writings of Labov, Milroy and Myers-Scotton.

Emphasis will fall on sociophonetics and language contact.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

AFRICAN & GENDER STUDIES, ANTHROPOLOGY & LINGUISTICS, SCHOOL OF 169

Assessment: Two minor assignments (approx. 1200 words each) counting 20% each, one major

essay (approx. 3500 words) counting 60%.

 

AXL4317S THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF LANGUAGE: PERFORMANCE AND

PERFORMATIVITY

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to linguistic anthropology, a discipline located at

the intersection of cultural anthropology and linguistics. Linguistic anthropologists seek to

understand language as an integral part of culture. This perspective makes it possible for linguistic

anthropologists to use linguistic evidence and methods of linguistics to investigate the culture of a

specific speech community and to bring cultural evidence and anthropological methods to bear on

the study of language.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: Three separate assignments: a literature review (2,000 words – 33%), an online project

(2,000 words – 33%) and a research project (3,000 words – 34%).

 

AXL4318FS LANGUAGE CONTACT & GLOBALISATION

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance to an honours degree.

Course outline:

The first half of the course focuses on language contact and contact zones within the framework of

migration and intercultural communication. It also involves the study of English as a lingua franca in

various contexts. The second half of the course examines the colonial and post-colonial history of

the spread of English, focusing on social and acquisitional contexts, typologies of "New Englishes"

and "World Englishes", and the linguistic structure. Both phenomena will be located within the

broader field of language contact studies and globalisation.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: One major essay of 3000 words counting 60% and 2 portfolios of exercises counting

40%.

 

AXL4320S LANGUAGE AND RACE

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Mr S Mpendukana

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

The course explores the relationship between language and race by introducing students to the

theoretical and ideological developments of racial hierarchies and their implications for society. In

multilingual and multicultural contexts, such as South Africa, Africa and the Americas, this often

carries implication for speakers and their well-being. We will explore the conceptions of race and

their linguistic and semiotic manifestation through using the decolonial lenses to look into the social,

economic and political relevance of race and language. Broadly, the course aims to emphasize how

race and language are physically experienced daily by language speakers. This brings into

discussion the ideas of race, language and affectivity as a way of reading social politics and their

implications.

DP requirements: 75% attendance at seminars, and submission of all assigned work.

minor essay of 1500 words = 20%; major essay 4500 words = 70%; A presentation = 10%

 

AXL4321S RESEARCH METHODOLOGY FOR LINGUISTICS

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

This course will introduce students to research methods in Linguistics. This will include quantitative

methods, qualitative methods, ethnography, fieldwork and ethics. The course will prepare students

for the research component of their degree.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: 100% coursework. Might include weekly tasks, compilation of a literature review of a

given topic; development of research proposal.

 

AXL4313S AFRICAN LANGUAGES IN EDUCATION

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours programme.

Course outline:

This course aims to introduce the fundamentals of language planning and policy in education with a

special focus on African languages. It discusses the various aspects of language planning such as

status planning, corpus planning and language acquisition planning. The role of African languages is

critically examined in all these three components of language planning. The focus of the course is on

both schooling and higher education.

DP requirements: 75% attendance and participation at seminars; completion of set readings before

each seminar; completion of assigned work within set deadlines.

Assessment: Two short essays of 3,000 words and a translation exercise, or three short essays of

2,000 words, each counting 33% of the final mark.

 

AXL5301W MINOR DISSERTATION

96 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master’s programme.

Course outline:

A dissertation completed under supervision which shows thorough practical and/or academic

knowledge of the approved subject and methods of research, and evidence of independent critical

power in the handling and interpretation of material already known or newly discovered, may

embody such original work of others as may be pertinent, may include the candidate's own

published material on the same subject, if the prior permission of the Senate has been obtained. The

dissertation must be the candidate’s own work and any contributions to and quotations in the

dissertation must be cited and referenced.

DP requirements: Consultation with Supervisor.

Assessment: A dissertation of no more than 25,000 words in length.

 

AXL5302S THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF LANGUAGE: PERFORMANCE

AND PERFORMATIVITY

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master’s programme.

Course outline:

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to linguistic anthropology, a discipline located at

the intersection of cultural anthropology and linguistics. Linguistic anthropologists seek to

understand language as an integral part of culture. This perspective makes it possible for linguistic

anthropologists to use linguistic evidence and methods of linguistics to investigate the culture of a

specific speech community and to bring cultural evidence and anthropological methods to bear on

the study of language.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: Three separate assignments: A literature review (3,000 words – 30%); an online

project (3,000 words – 30%); a research project (4,000 words – 40%).

 

AXL5303F MULTILINGUALISM

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master's programme.

Course outline:

This course explores the diverse consequences of language contact and multilingualism, focusing on

themes such as societal and individual multilingualism, language and identity, borrowing, mixing,

language maintenance and shift, language policy and language ideologies, heteroglossia and

hybridity. Readings and discussions will focus on African multilingualism (including the Diaspora)

within a global context.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: Assessment: a research proposal (counting 25%) and an essay of approximately 10,000

words (counting 75%)

 

AXL5310F LANGUAGE CONTACT & GLOBALISATION

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master’s programme.

Course outline:

The first half of the course focuses on language contact and contact zones within the framework of

migration and intercultural communication. It also involves the study of English as a lingua franca

in various contexts. The second half of the course examines the colonial and post-colonial history of

the spread of English, focusing on social and acquisitional contexts, typologies of "New Englishes"

and "World Englishes", and the linguistic structure. Both phenomena will be located within the

broader field of language contact studies and globalisation.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: One long essay of 5000 words, counting 60%, and two portfolios of exercises counting

40%.

 

AXL5315S LANGUAGE VARIATION

(May not be offered in 2020)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master’s programme

Course outline:

The course aims to examine the way in which language use varies within society, in relation to key

sociological variables like age, gender, class and ethnicity and to contextual variables like style and

relations between speakers. Key texts will include the writings of Labov, Milroy and Myers-Scotton.

Emphasis will fall on sociophonetics and language contact.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: Two minor assignments of approx. 2000 words counting 20% each; one major essay of

approx. 4000 words counting 60%.

 

AXL5320FS LANGUAGE AND RACE

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Convener: Mr S Mpendukana

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master’s programme.

Course outline:

The course explores the relationship between language and race by introducing students to the

theoretical and ideological developments of racial hierarchies and their implications for society. In

multilingual and multicultural contexts, such as South Africa, Africa and the Americas, this often

carries implication for speakers and their well-being. We will explore the conceptions of race and

their linguistic and semiotic manifestation through using the decolonial lenses to look into the social,

economic and political relevance of race and language. Broadly, the course aims to emphasise how

race and language are physically experienced daily by language speakers. This brings into

discussion the ideas of race, language and affectivity as a way of reading social politics and their

implications.

DP requirements: At least 75% attendance at all lectures and seminars, and completion of all

assigned work.

Assessment: A minor essay of 2000 words = 20%; major essay 6000 words = 70%; A presentation

= 10%.