Staff Profile

/Dr Ernest Jakaza

Dr Ernest Jakaza

Senior Lecturer: Department of English and Communication Studies


Qualifications:

  • PhD in African Languages, Stellenbosch University
  • MPhil in Arts, University of Zimbabwe
  • B  .A. Honours in Linguistics and Shona, University of Zimbabwe
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education, Midlands State University

Research interests:

Discourse analysis, parliamentary discourse, media discourse, argumentation discourse, appraisal discourse, political discourse, sociolinguistics and syntax

Publications: 

  • Complement- Adjunct Distinction in Shona, (accepted for publication), Zambezia: Journal of the University of Zimbabwe, Volume 32, Number 2
  • ‘Gricean Implicature and Election Predictions: A Case of the Zimbabwean 2008 Election Campaign’. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (SALAS), 31(3): 311-323.
  • Nasal assimilation in Shangwe nasal- obstruent clusters: An Optimality Theory Approach, The Dyke: Journal of the Midlands State University, 8(2): 20- 36, (with H. Mangeya)
  • ‘Dialogic voices: A Pragma- Dialectical Approach to R G Mugabe’s Ceremonial Speeches.’ In Let’s talk politics. New essays on deliberative rhetoric. Edited by van Belle H, Rutten K, Gillaerts P, van de Mieroop D and B van Gorp. John Benjamins Publishing Company (with M. W. Visser)
  • The semantics of graduation in political speeches: A case of Mugabe’s speeches officially opening the Zimbabwean Parliament, UNISA School of Arts Conference Proceedings. UNISA Press. (with M. W. Visser)
  • ‘Appraisal in Shona news reporting: A case of the Kwayedza Newspaper in Zimbabwe.’ In Current Trends in Zimbabwean Linguistics: festschrift in honour of K G Mkanganwi. Edited by Mugari V., Mukaro L. and E. Chabata. University of Zimbabwe Press
  • ‘Subjectivity’ in newspaper reports on ‘controversial’ and ‘emotional’ debates: A multi-theoretical approach, Language Matters, Volume 47, Number 1.
  • ‘Argumentation and Appraisal divergent Zimbabwean parliamentary debates’, In Political Discourse in Emergent, Fragile, and Failed Democracies. Eds. Daniel Ochieng Orwenjo, Omondi Oketch, Asiru Hameed Tunde. IGI Global.
  • ‘Transformative Political Rhetoric: Argumentation and Evaluative meanings in Zimbabwean parliamentary debates’, African Journal of Rhetoric, Volume 8: 258- 283.

 

Papers Presented

  • Complement- Adjunct Distinction in Shona, 1st University of Zimbabwe Linguistic Society Postgraduate Conference, University of Zimbabwe, May 2005
  • ‘This Poll has not Happened Yet’: Temporal Play in Election Predictions, A Discourse Analysis Approach, International Conference of the African Languages Association of Southern Africa (ALASA), University of the Western Cape, South Africa, July 2009
  • Dialogic voices: A Pragma- Dialectical Approach to R G Mugabe’s Ceremonial Speeches, Rhetoric in Society 3, Lessius University, Belgium, January 2011 (with MW Visser)
  • Argumentation and Appraisal in divergent political debates: A case of the Zimbabwean Parliamentary debates, Department of English: 7th International Conference, University of Botswana, June 2013
  • The semantics of graduation in political speeches: A case of Mugabe’s speeches officially opening the Zimbabwean Parliament, UNISA School of Arts Conference 2013, South Africa, October 2013 (with MW Visser)
  • Transformative Rhetoric: Argumentation and Evaluative meanings in Zimbabwean parliamentary debates, The African Association for Rhetoric, 5th International Colloquium, Cape Town, South Africa, July 2014.
  • A discourse- sociolinguistic study of Midlands State University Shona slang, LSSA/SAALA/SAALT Joint Annual Conference 2015, North West University, South Africa, (with Mirriam Gondwe), July 2015.
  • Evaluative reporting of ‘LACOSTE’ and ‘G40’ ZANU PF factions in The Herald and Daily News, LSSA/SAALA/SAALT Joint Annual Conference 2016, University of Western Cape, South Africa, July 2016

 

Community Engagement

  • Member of the Editorial and Advisory Board for the Journal: Repositioning the Humanities: Journal of Contemporary Research
  • Member of the Quality Control Team, Department of English and Communication, Midlands State University. I am one of the three members in the department that oversees the quality of teaching, examinations and research.
  • Coordinator for Masters of Arts in Applied English Linguistics (MAAEL), Department of English and Communication, Midlands State University. I coordinate the teaching and dissertation supervision of the only Applied Linguistics masters in the department.
  • Coordinator for Work Related Learning, Department of English and Communication, Midlands State University. I coordinate the supervision, assessment and placement of students.
  • Faculty of Arts Representative in Research Board. I represent the faculty on research related issues in the Midlands State University Research Board.

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