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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

Faculty gets a new leader for teaching and learning - 01/10/2014
Prof Johan Oberholster, currently the CA Programme Manager, has been appointed as the new Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, with effect from 1 October 2014 to 31 December 2016. Prof Oberholster will continue in his position as CA Programme Manager during this period.
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Notification to Alumni - 01/10/2014
Notice is hereby given that the Alumni Annual General Meeting scheduled for 9 October 2014 is postponed until a date which will be communicated at a later stage.
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Unifying pathology and laboratory medicine in the era of P4 medicine - 30/09/2014
The 54th International Congress of the Federation of South African Societies of Pathology, which was proudly co-hosted by the University of Pretoriaís Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences, recently took place at the purpose-built CSIR International Convention Centre. The organising committee was mindful of the prestige of the conference and put together a superb programme for this forum and gathering of pathologists and scientists in laboratory medicine from both the public and the private sector.
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Distinguished academic chosen to be part of leading team - 29/09/2014
Prof RiŽl Franzsen has been appointed as member of the Governing Board (Executive Board) of the recently-established Institute for Fiscal Studies in Ghana.
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Mail and Guardian chooses UP scientists as the voices of science - 29/09/2014
The newspaper Mail & Guardian (M&G) is running a six-month project called Science Voices, which aims to help postgraduate science students to present their academic writing in a language that is understandable and enjoyable for the general public to read. Postgraduate students submitted their articles to M&G and top articles were selected and published. Two PhD candidates and one MSc candidate from UPís Institutional Research Theme (IRT) on Food, Nutrition and Well-being were selected for this prestigious profile supplement published by M&G.
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Mammal Research Institute Annual Southern Right Whale Survey - 29/09/2014
The Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria will start flying their 36th annual helicopter survey of the Southern Capeís right whale population on 29 September this year; a survey that will be generously sponsored by four offshore oil and gas companies namely; ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited, Impact Africa Limited, The Petroleum Oil And Gas Corporation of South Africa (SOC) Ltd, and Thombo Petroleum Limited.
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Kumba ploughing millions into UP virtual reality mine design centre - 25/09/2014
Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore (Kumba) is sponsoring the development of Africaís first virtual reality (VR) mine design centre at the University of Pretoriaís (UPís) department of mining and engineering.
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