Prof Theodorus Du Plessis
Position
Professor
Department
South African Sign Language and Deaf Studies
Address
23 214
ETFB
R9568
UFS
Telephone
051 4012473
Office
Stef Coetzee Building 214
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Short CV

Publications

 2000 The structure of the official language clause. A framework for its implementation. SA Publiekreg / SA Public Law 15(2): 505-526. (Co-author: JL Pretorius.)
2001 Die debat rondom die vertolking van die amptelike taalbeleidsbeginsels van die oorgangsgrondwet in die gedrukte media: ‘n inhoudsontleding. [The debate around the interpretation of the official language policy principles of the interim constitution in the printed media – a content analysis.] Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 2001(19): 23-41. (Co-author: J. Lubbe.)
2003 Taalbeleid aan universiteite in Suid-Afrika. [Language policy at universities in South Africa.] In Erasmus, M. (Ed). Applied multilingualism: A multidisciplinary perspective on a South African challenge. Acta Academica Supplementum. 2003(2): 58-82.
2004 Meertaligheid en regering in Suid-Afrika: `n Ondersoek na die implementering van die Taalklousule in die Staatsdiens. [Multilingualism and government in South Africa: An investigation into the implementation of the Language Clause in the Civil Service.] Essays in Honour of Victor Webb. UPE Research Series (33). Kriel, M. (Ed.) 2004: 92-111.
2005 From monolingual to bilingual higher education: the repositioning of Historically Afrikaans-medium Universities in South Africa. Language Policy 2006 (5): 87-113.
2006 Bilingual Higher Education for South Africa? Language-policy development at Historically Afrikaans-Medium Universities as a case study. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe. Jaargang 46 nommer 2 Junie 2006, 100-111.
2006 Mother-tongue education and bilingual education – perspectives on the medium-of-instruction issue in South African schools. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe. Jaargang 46 nommer 2 Junie 2006, 51-62. (Co-author with: J.H. Snayers.)
2006 The development of a multilingual language policy at the SABC since 1994. In Du Plessis, T. and Cuvelier, P. (Eds). Multilingualism and the media. Acta Academica Supplementum. 2006(2): 45-75.
2007 Terminologiebestuur in Suid-Afrika. ‘n Beoordeling van drie werkmetodes. [Terminology management in South Africa. Evaluating three work methods.] Co-author: M. Ferreira. Lexikos 17: 2007, 56-76.
2007 Die taal of die Cheetah? Perspektiewe op die belang van taalsigbaarheid by die nuwe Vrystaatse nommerplaat as openbare teken. [The language or the Cheetah? Perspectives on the importance of language visibility on the new Free State number plate as public sign]. Literator 28(2): 2007, 119-143.
2007 Een- of meertalige tekens? Perspektiewe op die regulering van taalsigbaarheid en die Suid-Afrikaanse linguistiese landskap. [Mono- or multilingual signs?] Perspectives on the regulation of language visibility and the South African linguistic landscape. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe. Volume 47 (4): 550-567 December 2007.
2007 Taalsigbaarheid en die standaardisasie van geografiese name in Suid-Afrika – ’n beleidsoorsig. [Language visibility and the standardisation of geographical names in South Africa – a policy overview]. In Lubbe, H.J. (Red.) Kritiese perspektiewe op naamsverandering. Acta Academica Supplementum 2007(1): 19-53..
2008 Perspectives on managing Afrikaans and English as ‘equal’ languages of learning and teaching at the University of the Free State. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 26(3): 315–332.
2009 The Pan South African Language Board and the regulation of language visibility in South Africa – an analysis of language rights complaints. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 27(2): 173-188.
2009 Language visibility and the transformation of geographical names in South Africa. Language Matters, 40(2): 215-238.
2009 Taalwetgewing in Suid-Afrika. Litnet, 6(3): 132-154.
2010 ‘n Taalwet vir Suid-Afrika? Die rol van sosiolinguistiese beginsels by die ontleding van taalwetgewing. Litnet 7(2): 65-97.
2010 Language planning from below: the case of the Xhariep District of the Free State Province. Current Issues in Language Planning, 11(2): 130-151.
2010 Language policy-making in the Free State: an analysis of language policy activities between 1994 and 2007. Language Learning Journal, 38(3): 307-326.
2010 Terminologiebestuur in Suid-Afrika: ‘n Ideaalmodel. Co-author: M. Ferreira.Lexikos 20 : 2010; 621-643.
2010 A Critical Comparison of Legal Interventions Regarding the Officiality of Languages in Israel and South Africa. Alternation 17 (1); 382-416.

2010 Taalbeleid en onderrigtaalmodus aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat. In F.W. de Klerk Stigting. ‘n Studie oor Afrikaans op Universiteitsvlak. Plattekloof: F.W. de Klerk Stigting, 120-147.
2010 Cuvelier, P.; Du Plessis, T. Meeuwis, M.; Vandekerckhove, R. & Webb, V. (eds). Multilingualism from Below. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.
2010 Language Visibility as Factor in Language Policy and Practice in South Africa. In Orwenjo, D.O. & Ogone, J.O. (Eds). Language and Politics in Africa: Contemporary Issues and Critical Perspectives. Newcastle upon Type, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 404-437.
2011 Language visibility and language removal: A South African case study in linguistic landscape change. Communicatio 37 (2); 194-224
2011 Language policy, language visibility and the standardisation of geographical names in South Africa – the quest for coherency. Language Matters 42:2, 264-281
 

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Research

Area(s) of Interest

Language policy - Decision-making on language function and status in different language usage domains, legislation, state administration, administration of justice, education and non-official domains

Language planning - Corpus planning (language structure), status planning (function and official status), prestige planning and recruitment planning (education)

The politics of language - Politics of language and language with/in politics
 

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Community Service


Service Learning


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