Academic research

LitNet Akademies is LitNet's accredited academic journal. An extended English abstract is published with every article.

“Akkedisdis eet die visvis”: Oral narrative and personal transformation in the Karoo – a case study

Jaco Kruger Academic research 2015-12-07

"The nature of De Wee’s oral expression is rooted in her outstanding innate capacity for creative oral expression, her energetic and inquisitive personality, and her rural upbringing."

Doxa and learning identity practice realisation of high school learners in a rural working-class town

Henry Fillies, Aslam Fataar Academic research 2015-12-03

"This article concentrates on the adaptations that working-class learners make in order to develop and establish their learning practices. The key focus is on aspects of how these learners construct their learning identities in a specific rural town context in the Western Cape."

Liability for an omission: Reconciliation between the traditional and new test for delictual wrongfulness, or not?

Johann Neethling Academic research 2015-12-03

"In contradistinction to previous judgments of Brand JA, in this case he was willing to reconcile the traditional boni mores test for wrongfulness with the new test for wrongfulness as the reasonableness of holding the defendant liable."

Sentence constructions characteristic of Afrikaans legal language

Eleanor Cornelius Academic research 2015-12-02

"Lay readers often experience problems with the peculiarities of legal language [...]. The aim of this article is to identify the syntactic properties of Afrikaans legal language that cause processing problems for lay readers of legal texts."

The search for God in N.P. Van Wyk Louw’s “Groot ode”

Pieter Verster Academic research 2015-11-20

"The existence of N.P. Van Wyk Louw’s struggle with God is well known."

“Research is what keeps my spirit alive”: Exploring passion and productivity in the narratives of proven researchers

Eleanor Lemmer Academic research 2015-11-18

"Public academic talk about the personal and emotional meanings of research, such as passion, is largely taboo."

Christ undone – an evaluation of the loss of meaning of the term anointed

Pieter van Staden Academic research 2015-11-17

Where does the name Christ come from?

Bernard Stiegler’s aestheology and the new otium of the people

Johann Rossouw Academic research 2015-11-17

"For Stiegler, the central crisis of Western modernity is of a theological nature, namely its loss of faith in its social order and in its future."

A quantification of small-worldedness in Afrikaans cultural networks in comparison with other complex networks

Burgert A Senekal Academic research 2015-11-06

This article investigates the small world phenomenon in Afrikaans cultural networks, including the Afrikaans literary system and the Afrikaans film industry.

Author identification: A forensic-linguistic research study in Afrikaans SMS language

Lezandra Grundlingh Academic research 2015-10-29

"Author identification in Afrikaans SMS messages has never been attempted. It is mainly for this reason that the current article, and the dissertation it is based on, is considered of value to the field of author identification."

When your office building is rebuilt while you are still working: A study about the influence of epistemological, political and national changes on teacher training in distance education

Anna Hugo Academic research 2015-10-26

"The aim of the article is to make knowledge and experience gained over years available to novices in the field of teacher training."

Guidelines for social workers who forensically assess toddlers

Minette Jacobs, Carel van Wyk Academic research 2015-10-21

"Unfortunately it is a fact that the sexual abuse of children is not abating, and that the younger the child, the higher the risk of sexual abuse. Also, the younger the child, the more challenging it is to do a forensic assessment."

Memory on the stage: performativity in David Kramer and Taliep Petersen's Kat and the Kings

Paula Fourie Academic research 2015-10-15

"Yet even though the major part of this musical appears to be set in and around the historical District Six, Kat and the Kings operates through the prism of memory."

Hans Huyssen’s Little Portrait of the World: Allegorical Wind Quintet with Narration (1993)

Martina Viljoen, Nicol Viljoen Academic research 2015-10-08

"The research question posed by the article focuses on the degree to which programmatic and symbolic elements of storytelling in Little Portrait aid in highlighting the composer’s commitment to matters of an existential nature."

The application of the common-law in duplum rule during litigation, constitutional proportionality and the separation of powers

IM Rautenbach Academic research 2015-09-22

"The right affected by the suspension of the rule during litigation was the right of debtors to raise defences freely. The majority held that there are alternative ways in which delaying tactics of creditors who raise fictitious defences could be dealt with."

Ecocriticism and specifically urban ecocriticism as lens for reading seven poems set in Johannesburg

Corné Coetzee Academic research 2015-09-22

"The article deals with Johannesburg as an environment and how it affects and is affected by its inhabitants."

Time in our time: On theology and future-oriented memory

Robert Vosloo Academic research 2015-09-09

"This article investigates the possible contours and promise of a theology of future-oriented memory as part of the search for a responsible and constructive engagement with the past."

Learning talk in mentoring interactions – a study of the interactional nature of learning

Gert van der Westhuizen Academic research 2015-09-09

T"his article is an inquiry into the interactional nature of learning, and focuses on the ways in which participants in mentor settings use their talk for purposes of learning."

That which cannot be cured by dreams: can consent to injury still exclude liability for sports injuries?

Steve Cornelius Academic research 2015-09-09

"Sports federations should do more to promote the safety of players so that they can avoid claims by retired or current players. Some sports federations, such as Athletics South Africa and the National Football League in the USA, have already felt the brunt of such claims. It is time that all sporting codes got their houses in order."

Brokenness and violence: some examples of recent South African art

Jeanne Joubert Academic research 2015-09-03

This is a continuation of a previous article, which focuses on ways in which representations of a radical human brokenness can deepen and enrich relationships between art and religion.