"Committed to the intellectualisation, preservation and promotion of the languages of Zimbabwe. "
All human experience and activity is mediated by language. This recognition of the multifaceted nature of language use, informs the Department’s interdisciplinary approach to the study of language. The Department’s teaching, research and community engagement is thus oriented towards applying the linguistic imagination to the literary, linguistic, media and dramaturgical spaces of modern day Zimbabwe.
Dr. Nozizwe Dhlamini (Chairperson)
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Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Language and Communication Studies
Diploma in Court Interpreting and Translation
Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in IsiNdebele
Diploma in Applied Language Studies
Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Applied Language Studies
- PhD (Languages, Linguistics and Literature); UNISA
- M.A in African Languages and Literature, 2006. Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies, 2009. Department of Development, Lupane State University, Zimbabwe
- B.A Honours in IsiNdebele, 2001 Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe.Research Interests
- Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Indigenous Languages and Cultures
- Undergraduate modules: HIV, AIDS and Culture, indigenous Knowledge Systems, Research in Language and Communication, African Languages and Development
Peer Reviewed Articles
- Nozizwe Dhlamini, Bhekezakhe Ncube, Busani Maseko & Cletus Moyo. “Akusilima sindlebende kwaso”: The Ndebele perception of disability and implications for social development. Intundla: a multidisciplinary research journal, Volume 1, No 1, 2016. pp 46-55.
- Dhlamini N., B Ncube and M Moyo. Globalization and Ndebele Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities. European Journal of Globilisation and Development Research, 2014, Vol.9, No.1.
- Dhlamini N. and B Ncube. Loss and Gain in Translation: A Case of Court Translations. African Journal of Scientific Research 2014, Vol.12, No.1.pp 670-687.
- Dhlamini N. and B Maseko. Mother Tongue Instruction for Lower Primary School Level in Zimbabwe - A Half Hearted Commitment to the Development of her Indigenous Languages. Journal of Education and Practice 2014 5, No.6,
- Dhlamini N. and B Ncube. Ndebele Drama and Leadership. Journal of Language and Literature, 2013; 4(2), 5-9.
- Dhlamini N., B Ncube and T Moyo. The Philosophy of Naming: A Study of Children’s Names Born Between 1976-1982.MATATU 2013, Vol 3, Issue 8. Pp1725-1731.
- Dhlamini N., B Ncube and T Moyo. Peace, Conflict Management and the Ndebele Proverb. NAWA Journal of Languages and Communication, 2011, Vol 5, Issue No 2.pp 123-137.
Books and Chapters
- Dhlamini N., Ndlovu M. Ncube B. And (2015), ‘An investigation into the use of ethno-veterinary medicine in sustaining livestock at Gwaai resettlement area’ a book chapter in Indigenous Knowledge in Zimbabwe: Laying Foundations for Sustainable Livelihoods, (Eds) Mapara J. And Mazuru M. Diaspora Publishers, Gloucestershire. ISBN 978-1-942574-57-6, pp58-76.
- PhD (Languages, Linguistics & Literature), M.A (Applied Linguistics), B.A Hons (Linguistics)
- My research interests intersect on the areas of sociolinguistics, multilingualism and language policy, politics of language and identity and applied linguistics in general.
Language Planning & Policy, Multilingualism & Language Contact in Post Colonial Africa, Language learning & Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics.
5 articles in peer reviewed journals
2 Book chapters
- PhD (Drama and Performance Studies); University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College).
- M.A. (Drama and Performance Studies); University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College).
- B.A. (Hons) Theatre Arts; University Zimbabwe.
• Alternative and spatial scenography
• Alternative theatre
• Theatre Training and Curriculum Development
• Arts Administration and Management
• Cultural Promotion
Undergraduate modules: Theatre for Development, Arts Organisations and Management and Theatre in Education
Peer Reviewed Articles
Nkululeko Sibanda & Privilledge Tatenda Gwaba (2017): Locating scenography in theatre for development projects at the University of Zimbabwe: the case of ‘Safe Cities’ project, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, DOI: 10.1080/13569783.2017.1358083
Sibanda Nkululeko (2016): Investigating the ‘politics of design’ in community theatre circles: the case of Intuba Arts Development (Durban) and Bambelela Arts Ensemble (Bulawayo), In Studies in Theatre and Performance, DOI: 10.1080/14682761.2016.1217462
Sibanda Nkululeko (2016) Sites of political and cultural resistance: Performance spaces in post-independence Zimbabwean theatre 1980-1990. In Dzimbahwe Journal of Multidisciplinary Research 1 (2) (in print)
Sibanda Nkululeko (2015). A Tale of Two Cities: Investigating the process of set design in community theatre in South Africa and Zimbabwe using Intuba Arts Development (Durban) and Bambelela Arts Ensemble (Bulawayo) as Case studies, In Body, Space and Technology Journal, 1: 1-13 http://people.brunel.ac.uk/bst/vol14/
Sibanda Nkululeko (2015). Seeking an alternative approach to teaching scenographic theory and practice: The University of Zimbabwe theatre legacy, In African Performance Review Vol. 7, No. 2, pp 35-53.
Books and Chapters
Sibanda Nkululeko and Yule Julia (2017) Alternative theatre training and development in post-independence Zimbabwe: The case of Amakhosi Theatre Productions (1990-2000) in Seda, O and Ravengai, S (Eds.) Theatre from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe: A Contested Postcolony (in print)
- Media Contact Areas
- Television Studies
- Television Production
- Film Theory
- MSc in Journalism and Media Studies, National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe.
- BSc in Journalism and Media Studies, National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe.
- Critical media studies, intercultural communication, the sociology of new media and the intersections of media and development.
- Undergraduate modules: human communication; law, ethics and communication; development support communication; African languages and the media, media criticismPeer Reviewed Articles
Santos, P. and Ndlovu, K., 2015. ‘Democratic unfreedom’ on Facebook in Zimbabwe.African Journalism Studies, 36(4), pp.145-163.
Maseko, B. and Ndlovu, K., 2013. Indigenous languages and linguistic rights in the Zimbabwean media.Online International Journal of Arts and Humanities, 2(5), pp.150-156.
- M.A in African Languages and Literature, University of Zimbabwe.
- B.A Honours in IsiNdebele, University Zimbabwe.
Traditional governance systems, African Linguistics, Intangible Cultural Heritage.
- Peer reviewed articles
- Ndlovu M. and Dube N., (2012): Analysis of the relevance of traditional leaders and the evolution of traditional leadership in Zimbabwe: A case study of amaNdebele, International Journal of African Renaissance Studies - Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinarity, ISSN (Print) 1818-6874, ISSN (Online) 1753-7274 7:1, 50-72
- Ndlovu M. and Sibanda M., (2014), ‘A Critical Analysis of the Translation Strategies Used by Pathisa Nyathi in the Book Traditional Ceremonies of AmaNdebele (2001). Online International Journal of Arts and Humanities, ISSN 2277-0852; Volume 3, Issue 2, pp. 19-29;
- Ndlovu M. and Sibanda M.,(2014) ‘Book Review - Traditional Ceremonies of AmaNdebele: The challenges faced by Nyathi’, Online International Journal of Arts and Humanities ISSN 2277-0852; Volume 3, Issue 2, pp. 16-18;
- Ndlovu M. and Ncube B., (2014) ‘The Philosophy of Sustainable Development as Depicted in the Proverbs of amaNdebele’, Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies (JETERAPS) 5(8): 209-213 Scholarlink Research Institute Journals, 2014 (ISSN: 2141-6990)
- Mpala S. And Ndlovu M., (2013) ‘A critical analysis of the use of the ICTs in the Documentation and Publication of Oral Traditions’ published in Online International Journal of Arts and Humanities ISSN 2277-0852, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp. 53-62;Maseko B. and Ndlovu M., (2013) ‘Representation, Political Violence and the Zimbabwean media: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the representation of the Zimbabwe Republic police during the pre and post 2008 harmonised election violence by the Sunday News and The Standard Newspapers’ Tsebo Journal of Research, ISSN 1991-2307 – Special Issue, pp 43-56
- Dube P., Ndebele L., Ndlovu M., (2014) ‘An analysis of the status of the secondary noun prefixes in Ndebele’, South African Journal of African Languages 34(2) ISSN 0257-2117 EISSN 2305-1159
Undergraduate modules: Introduction to Linguistics, Translation Studies, Dialectology, Nguni Dialects, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theories of Lexicography and Terminology
- MA in African Languages and Literature, 2010, Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Zimbabwe
- B.A. (Hons) in Ndebele and Religious Studies, 2005- 2008, Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe.
- African philosophy
Media Contact Areas
- Nguni linguistics
- African Philosophy
Peer reviewed articles
- Dube P & Zondo J.A morpho-phonological account of the status of uku- in Ndebele. South African Journal of African Languages, Vol 33 (1), 2013
- Dube, P, Ndebele, L &Ndlovu, M. An analysis of the secondary noun prefixes in Ndebele, South African Journal of African Languages, Vol 34 (2), 2014
- Phiri, A, Dube P & Mamvura Z. Consonant assimilation in isiNdebele: A distinctive feature approach. Marang: Journal of language and Literature, Volume 26, 2015
- Dube P & Ndebele L. Subject Marker Metamorphosis in Tonga Imperative constructions, Intundla Volume 1 (1); 2016
- Undergraduate modules: General linguistics, Language change & development and African Philosophy & Worldview
- Master of Arts in Dramatic Art, 2009-2010, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Honours in Theatre Arts, 2004-2007, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Zimbabwe, Harare
- Applied drama, Theatre as a Voice of the Voiceless, Arts Education, Art and Society
Undergraduate modules: Theatre and Performance, Ndebele Theatre, Arts Organisations and management, Arts and Cultural Industries, Theatre for Development, Art and Society, Ethnomusicology and Current issues in literature
Peer Reviewed Articles
Moyo C. (2016) ‘Picturing The Zimbabwean Artist on the Global Stage: A Critical Analysis’ in Intundla: a Multi-Disciplinary Research Journal 1(1) 13-17
- Moyo C, Maseko B, Ncube B and Dhlamini N. (2016) ‘Akusilima Sindlebende Kwaso: The Ndebele Perception of Disability and implications for Social Development’ in Intundla: a Multi-Disciplinary Research Journal 1(1) 46-55
- Moyo C. (2015) ‘Applied Drama and the Higher education Learning Spaces: A Reflective Analysis’ in Journal of Education and Practice 6(6) 9-14