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Centre for Research in the Politics of Language

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.



 

News

GIBS and Primedia Unlimited Mall Division uncover shopping mall gold - 01/08/2014
The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and Primedia Unlimited’s Mall Division have joined forces to conduct a shopping mall survey to ascertain shopper behaviour and how it is impacted by advertising.
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Centre for Human Rights launches gender audit tool - 30/07/2014
The Centre for Human Rights recently launched a gender audit tool to investigate gender equality/inequality at higher education institutions in Africa. The tool, developed with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is designed to introspectively investigate the state of gender (in) equality at higher education institutions across Africa with a view to fostering greater gender parity.
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Commonwealth scholar at UP focuses on relationship between artwork and onlooker - 30/07/2014
Johan Thom, a prolific artist who has received numerous awards and is currently a lecturer in the University of Pretoria's Department of Fine Arts, will soon receive his PhD from the University College of London (UCL) through the Slade School of Art. Thom was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship by the Canon Collins Trust in 2008 and returned to South Africa last year, when he joined the staff at his alma mater as the coordinator for postgraduate students.
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Lecturer in Science Education honoured by Mail & Guardian - 30/07/2014
Ms Kgadi Mathabathe from the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education was named one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans, in the category of Education.
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First ERSA Dynamic CGE Modelling Course - 29/07/2014
The Department of Economics hosted the first Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling course during July 2014. The course was presented by Prof Peter Dixon and Prof Maureen Bleazby from the Centre of Policy Studies, now located at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.
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UP now has a satellite health research facility in Thohoyandou, Limpopo! - 29/07/2014
The Department of Urology and the School of Health Systems and Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) have been performing human and environmental health research in the Vhembe district of the Limpopo province for the past twelve years. This National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded study is a collaborative effort between Prof Brenda Eskenazi, who is the Director of the Center for Children's Environmental Health Research at the University of California, Berkeley Campus, San Francisco, USA, and Prof Riana Bornman of the Department of Urology at UP.
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Assupol TuksCricket – RedBull Campus Cricket world champions - 28/07/2014
Assupol TuksCricket has been crowned the winners of the 2014 edition of the RedBull Campus Cricket World Championship.
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