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General Rules: Postgraduate

A BA Degree with a major in Linguistics, English or any African Language. A 60% pass in the major or a screening process.

Duration: Two years – full time

Three years – part time

Part time students ordinarily take half the workload taken by full time students. The duration of the study for part time students is two years for course work and a further one year for a mini-dissertation. The period of study will be subject to review from time to time.

In the Second year, students will have the option of specialising in any one of the following areas, with module clusters as indicated:

Linguistics: (five modules) to be chosen from:

TRLI801, TRLI802, TRLI803, TRLI804, TRLI811

Translation: (four modules) to be chosen from:

TRLI805, TRLI806, TRLI811, And one of the following, TRLI809 and TRLI810

Interpreting: (four modules) to be chosen from:

TRLI807, TRLI808, TRLI811, and one of the following: TRLI809 andTRLI810

In addition each candidate for a Master's degree will be required to submit an original mini-dissertation on an approved topic.

TRLI 701

SOCIOLINGUISTICS

Credits: Credits: 17.1

Lectures per week

Practicals per week

Tutorials per week

Semester

4 x 45 minutes

None

2

1

Contents

Students will be introduced to sociolinguistics, the problem of variation, the scientific investigation of language, basic methodological concerns. Language, dialects and varieties; pidgins and Creole languages, code switching, speech communities, communicative competence, ethnography and ethnomethodology, language and sex, language planning and language as a problem in Africa .

Assessment

Students will do both formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment will be done in the form of assignments, tests and oral presentations. Formative value: 50% of the final mark. A summative assessment of 3 hours with a final value of 50%.

Entry Assumptions

Students must have a Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites

A major in an African Language or Linguistics, and a good knowledge of one official indigenous language of South Africa .

Co-requisites


TRLI 702

LEXICOGRAPHY

Credits: Credits: 17.1

Lectures per week

Practicals per week

Tutorials per week

Semester

4 x 45 minutes

None

2

1

Contents

Definition of lexicography, micro- and macro- structure of a dictionary, dictionary types. Principles of selection and collection of materials, primary and secondary sources, lexicography in South Africa , lexicography in Europe and America , Imaginary dictionary projects.

Assessment

Students will do both formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment will be done in the form of assignments, tests and oral presentations. Formative value: 50% of the final mark. A summative assessment of 3 hours with a final value of 50%.

Entry Assumptions

Students must have a Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites

A major in an African Language or Linguistics, and a good knowledge of one official indigenous language of South Africa .

Co-requisites


TRLI 703

TRANSLATION THEORY

Credits: Credits: 17.1

Lectures per week

Practicals per week

Tutorials per week

Semester

4 x 45 minutes

None

2

1

Contents

Equivalence in translation, source text analysis, translation and linguistics, cultural universals and translation, semantics, pragmatics, stylistics, contrastive linguistics and translation, translation at word level, translation above word level, text and translation.

Assessment

Students will do both formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment will be done in the form of assignments, tests and oral presentations. Formative value: 50% of the final mark. A summative assessment of 3 hours with a final value of 50%.

Entry Assumptions

Students must have a Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites

A major in an African Language or Linguistics, and a good knowledge of one official indigenous language of South Africa .

Co-requisites


TRLI 704

INTERPRETING THEORY

Credits: Credits: 17.1

Lectures per week

Practicals per week

Tutorials per week

Semester

4 x 45 minutes

None

2

1

Contents

Introduction to interpreting, historical overview, types of interpreting, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, Interpreting modes. The profile of an interpreter, communication models, the interpreting process, professional aspects of interpreting and translation, legal aspects of liaison interpreting.

Assessment

Students will do both formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment will be done in the form of assignments, tests and oral presentations. Formative value: 50% of the final mark. A summative assessment of 3 hours with a final value of 50%.

Entry Assumptions

Students must have a Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites

A major in an African Language or Linguistics, and a good knowledge of one official indigenous language of South Africa .

Co-requisites


TRLI 705

SEMANTICS

Credits: Credits: 17.1

Lectures per week

Practicals per week

Tutorials per week

Semester

4 x 45 minutes

None

Second

Contents

Criteria for ascertaining the adequacy of semantic theories which apply in addition to the general conditions on scientific theories. Word meaning, phrase and sentence meaning, semantic fields and componential analysis, multiple senses of lexical items, lexical and structural ambiguity.

Assessment

Students will do both formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment will be done in the form of assignments, tests and oral presentations. Formative value: 50% of the final mark. A summative assessment of 3 hours with a final value of 50%.

Entry Assumptions

Students must have a Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites

A major in an African Language or Linguistics, and a good knowledge of one official indigenous language of South Africa .

Co-requisites


TRLI 706

TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING PRACTICE

Credits: Credits: 17.1

Lectures per week

Practicals per week

Tutorials per week

Semester

4 x 45 minutes

None

Second

Contents

This module is mainly on the practical sections of the two: translation and interpreting. Text of different types will be used to do the practical work. A variety of text will be chosen to demonstrate specific theories done in the previous modules.

Assessment

Students will do both formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment will be done in the form of assignments, tests and oral presentations. Formative value: 50% of the final mark. A summative assessment of 3 hours with a final value of 50%.

Entry Assumptions

Students must have a Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites

A major in an African Language or Linguistics, and a good knowledge of one official indigenous language of South Africa .

Co-requisites


TRLI 707

COMPARATIVE LANGUAGE STUDIES

Credits: Credits: 17.1

Lectures per week

Practicals per week

Tutorials per week

Semester

4 x 45 minutes

None

Second

Contents

On a comparative basis the following will be treated: Universal grammar, Orthographies, Typology and geneology (historical linguistics), Case, Tense, Aspect and Agreement.

Assessment

Students will do both formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment will be done in the form of assignments, tests and oral presentations. Formative value: 50% of the final mark. A summative assessment of 3 hours with a final value of 50%.

Entry Assumptions

Students must have a Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites

A major in an African Language or Linguistics, and a good knowledge of one official indigenous language of South Africa .

Co-requisites


 
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