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dc.contributor.advisor Kubayi, S. J.
dc.contributor.advisor Madadzhe, R. N. Letsoalo, Alydia Modjadji 2022-05-25T06:03:58Z 2022-05-25T06:03:58Z 2021
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D. (Translation Studies)) -- University of Limpopo, 2020 en_US
dc.description.abstract Some research has been done on the intellectualisation of African languages. However, African languages are still not used enough in academia; in fact, they are undermined. They need to be developed into languages of education, economy and social interaction. This means preparing the languages for use in more advanced contexts. The aim of this study was to examine the intellectualisation of African languages at the University of Limpopo. Methodologically, this study was achieved through a qualitative-descriptive research design, with the use of semi-structured interviews to find out if the University of Limpopo was actively involved in intellectualising African languages. The data collected was analysed through thematic content analysis. The first finding is that the University of Limpopo has a language policy whose implementation requires improvement. It was found that there is no parity or equitable use of the languages of the university, mostly between African languages and English. It has been observed that African languages can improve the academic performance of students at the University of Limpopo. The study further found that the development of African languages can help students and lecturers to learn these languages, so they can communicate with each other in these languages and thereby promote multilingualism. It has been found that the University of Limpopo is a good place to promote and exercise multilingualism as it is a multicultural community. The significant point here is that there is a need to devise strategies to improve the implementation of the university’s language policy. It is concluded that the intellectualisation of African languages would help minimise (if not erase) any language barriers, particularly for those who would be working with individuals on a daily basis in their respective fields. There is a need to do campaigns to educate students about the importance of mother tongue and African languages as well as to remove the negative perceptions about these languages. One recommendation for the university is that the University of Limpopo must come up with an implementation plan to implement its language policy. One recommendation for other researchers is to come up with more strategies on how xi higher institutions of learning can implement their language policies and intellectualise African languages. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and South African Humanities Deans Association (SAHUDA) en_US
dc.format.extent xi, 187 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject African languages en_US
dc.subject Higher education en_US
dc.subject Implementation en_US
dc.subject Intellectualisation en_US
dc.subject Language policy en_US
dc.subject Sepedi en_US
dc.subject Tshivenda en_US
dc.subject University of Limpopo en_US
dc.subject Xitsonga en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Intellectualization (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Language policy -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Language and languages -- Study and teaching en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Translanguaging (Linguistics) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Multilingualism en_US
dc.title The intellectualisation of African languages : the case of the University of Limpopo en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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