Academic research

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

Revisiting stress in Afrikaans: is it (still) a stress-initial language?

Daan Wissing Academic research 2019-09-19

“In this article the claim is made, on the basis of an extensive investigation of the nature and appearance of primary stress, that Afrikaans cannot, contrary to what is often claimed elsewhere, be characterised as a stress-initial language.”

An investigation into the access provided by the Arend app to technological pedagogical and subject content knowledge (TPACK)

Christa van Staden Academic research 2019-08-27

"Arend, a web-based learning environment, was designed, developed and published in 2012 to serve as meeting place for South African teachers."

The grading and sequencing of three target tasks within a task-based learning and teaching programme for non-Afrikaans-speaking international university students

Vernita Beukes, Elbie Adendorff Academic research 2019-08-08

"Which aspects should be considered during the grading and sequencing of tasks for a task-based programme?"

Integrating technology into the Afrikaans Home Language classroom of Western Cape schools: a case study

Ria Taylor, Michele van der Merwe Academic research 2019-08-02

"How is technology used in the Afrikaans Home Language classroom of schools in the Western Cape?"

Racism, nationalism and the Reformed tradition: a narrative approach

J.A. Schlebusch Academic research 2019-07-15

"The primary sources bear witness to the fact that, despite historical and contextual differences, in the Reformed tradition there was an abiding undercurrent of racial thinking involving the sentiment that people of European descent formed a separate race, even as descendants of Japheth."

The portrayal of Jesus in the Gospel of Judas

Chris L. de Wet Academic research 2019-06-21

"Not only does Gospel of Judas demonstrate the varieties of early Christian views of Jesus, but it also shows how these views – like the views of those who portray Jesus in some ways today – are informed by theology, cosmology, social and cultural contexts, and psychological factors."

Educational parent support to Xhosa speaking learners: exploring the potential of WhatsApp as support platform

Leah Slinger-Steenberg, Doria Daniels Academic research 2019-06-10

"Even though the homework was in Afrikaans, the WhatsApp communication between the parents and the teacher was in English. We found that with the growth in the parents’ confidence, the communication between them and the teacher increased and expanded."

Antjie Krog as cultural mediator: aspects of her writer’s posture in the Low Countries

Louise Viljoen Academic research 2019-06-10

"This article investigates Antjie Krog’s role as cultural mediator of South Africa and Afrikaans in the Low Countries."

Sensemaking. A plea for a conversation between organisation theory and hermeneutics

Bernard Lategan Academic research 2019-06-05

"The article has a threefold purpose: To introduce an important new doctoral study in organisation theory; to provide a critical overview of core aspects of the dissertation and to develop these further; and to stimulate a conversation between sensemaking theory and hermeneutics."

Israeli and South African citizens’ motivations for joining the Palestinian struggle

Marthie Momberg Academic research 2019-06-01

"Why would one publicly join the Palestinian cause if one is not Palestinian oneself? What about Israel, which also suffers violent attacks? Views on Israel and the Palestinians are often positioned as though there is a conflict between two equal entities."

An agricultural magazine as “social barometer”: The Afrikaans magazine Landbouweekblad as an indicator of agricultural developments over one hundred years

Lizette Rabe Academic research 2019-05-24

"Indeed, within the agricultural concept of a barometer as an indicator of weather patterns, and thus as being of vital importance to agriculture in terms of good or bad news, it could be said that the magazine has been, and still is, a social barometer of its time over its existence of one hundred years."

Perspective on /ɛ/ lowering in Afrikaans

Daan Wissing Academic research 2019-05-13

"The most important conclusion reached in this study is that /ɛ/ lowering as a phonological process occurs over a wide front and is far more complicated than suggested by available descriptions."

Migrant literature themes in Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng by Etienne van Heerden

Marietjie Lambrechts Academic research 2019-04-25

"This article investigates how migrant literature themes in Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng are used to draw a comparison between the field of experience of non-Western migrants in Western host countries and the indigenous black population in South Africa during the apartheid era."

Antjie Krog, communality and the need for interconnectedness with the other in Mede-wete

Remona Voges Academic research 2019-04-25

"The search for a multilevel union serves a continuous theme in Mede-wete. The need for interconnectedness, a concept closely linked to African philosophy, is a recurring theme in Krog's oeuvre."

The use of poems in die teaching of Afrikaans as additional language

Elbie Adendorff Academic research 2019-04-23

"This follow-up study focuses on using poems in task-based learning activities as a successful and interactive approach in language acquisition classes."

A critical reflection of the Gijima judgments

Loammi Wolf Academic research 2019-04-03

"The facts in the Gijima case were briefly that the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) concluded a state contract with Gijima Holdings to provide IT services to the Department of Defence but failed to follow the procurement proceedings prescribed by section 217 of the Constitution and legislation regulating procurement."

A network perspective on the use of cooperative base groups as a technique to improve collaboration in distance higher education

Christa van Staden Academic research 2019-03-27

"The students were actively and meaningfully involved in the learning process, deeper forms of learning were promoted and the collaboration in groups had a positive impact on the academic success of distance education students."

Environmental governance, the human being and the social order: a reinterpretation

Martin de Wit Academic research 2019-01-15

"The objective of this article is to reinterpret the increasingly dominant economic approach to environmental governance. This objective will be achieved by focusing on three interrelated factors, namely the importance of the human person in environmental governance, the images of social and moral order, and the implications for human behaviour and decision-making."

Translating proper nouns in the work of Deon Meyer: an investigation into consistency

Marius Swart, Ruchelle Kleyn Academic research 2018-12-20

"The conclusion is that names are translated using domestication as a translation technique in some cases and foreignisation in others, while there are also cases where both techniques are used, or where techniques seem to be used at random."

Human-animal relationships in Thomas Mofolo’s historical novel Chaka (1925, 2017)

Sonja Loots Academic research 2018-12-18

"By way of introduction the article points out how prominently animals and animal metaphysics feature in texts about Chaka written by early European visitors to southern Africa."