Academic research

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

“Do not call me ‘jy’ and ‘jou’”. The use of u as an Afrikaans form of address in the 21st century. Results of a pilot study

Nerina Bosman, Annél Otto Academic research 2015-12-18

"In this article, the current usage of Afrikaans forms of address is discussed by focusing on the results of a quantitative study regarding the use of the formal pronoun u."

Discharge of the accused at the close of the case for the prosecution: Public opinion and the right to a fair trial in terms of the accusatorial system of criminal procedure

Deon Erasmus Academic research 2015-12-15

"It is concluded that although public opinion plays a role during the interpretation of the Constitution and the application of the law of criminal procedure, public opinion remains subservient to the long-term values which the Constitution endeavours to foster and protect."

Protreptic and paraenetic: perspectives on the transition in book 10 of Augustine’s Confessions

Annemaré Kotzé Academic research 2015-12-14

"The article forms part of a bigger project on the nature of exhortative texts as well as an endeavour to arrive at a nuanced description of the exhortative characteristics of Augustine’s Confessions."

Sense of place, emplacement and bioregionality in an artist’s book installation, Mooirivier: weerspieëling en weerklank (“Mooi River: reflection and echo”)

Franci Greyling Academic research 2015-12-14

"This article discusses a practice-based research project: an artist’s book installation, with the Mooi River in the Potchefstroom environment as a theme."

A critical comparison between the views of Basil of Caesarea, John Chrysostom and Ambrosiaster on the treatment of slaves

Chris L. de Wet Academic research 2015-12-09

"This article compares the views of the church fathers Basil of Caesarea, John Chrysostom and Ambrosiaster on the treatment of slaves."

Human rights, the environment and environmental constitutionalism

Louis Kotzé Academic research 2015-12-08

"The gradual rise of environmental constitutionalism in scholarly debates suggests a deliberate, albeit (still) hesitant attempt to view anew the human rights-environment debate through a constitutional lens."

“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."