Welcome to the Centre for Research in the Politics of Language
CentRePoL was established at the beginning of 1998 in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria with the aim of undertaking research in the politics of language, in particular in the Southern African context.
The term politics of language is used to refer to a broad area of interaction between language and the political life of communities.
The centre is a cross-linguistic, interdisciplinary institution. It is situated within the department of Afrikaans but the research it undertakes covers all languages and aspects of language use in Southern Africa, with a focus of native African languages.
Over the years it has carried out several research projects, all related to language politics.
Since 2008, it has focussed on language in education issues. Different projects have been undertaken in this respect, including the current one on literacy acquisition in Foundation Phase classrooms.
Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.
UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
The world beyond 2015 - is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
"We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that." This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.