SADiLaR has language researchers in most of the official languages of South Africa. Have a look at their fields of interest and study below and feel free to contact them if you would like to collaborate on research projects.
Ms Jessica Mabaso brings 15 years of experience in business support to SADiLaR. She has worked extensively in administration and has 5 years experience in Business Development. Jessica's avid administration skills and dedication to customer service has led her to many opportunities to participate in various projects supporting executives, university faculties and other high profile individuals. No matter the client Jessica delivers that same level of quality and care to each and every person she serves to support.
Her expertise, in addition to her administrative knowledge of SADiLaR lies in Business Development and Human Resources. She has a wide range of skills, including public creation and business writing.
Jessica’s natural strength is in developing and maintaining business relations that cross cultural boundaries contributing to SADiLaR’s success.
Diploma Human Resources Management
Certificate Public Relations
PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner
Senior Administrative Officer / Personal Assistant: NWU Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Ethics Administrative Officer: NWU Education Management Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (EMHS-REC)
Safety, Health, Environment, Risk And Quality Senior Administrator: ArcelorMittal South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Systems Analyst Secondary Raw Materials, Strategic Sourcing: ArcelorMittal South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Office Manager: ArcelorMittal South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Business Development Officer / Manager – SOBEK Engineering (Pty) Ltd
Biography: Cascious Mofokeng is the senior service desk consultant at SADiLaR. He is a strong planner and problem solver who readily adapts to change. His research interest lies in poverty alleviation.
Benito Trollip is the Afrikaans researcher at SADiLaR and a very exitable and enthusiastic human. When it comes to research he is especially interested in the ways in which meaning is constructed. He is also interested in legal aspects of research with regards to intellectual property rights, ownership and the distribution of data. His roots routinely stretch between the law and language - fields that are not easily separated. As a SADiLaR researcher, Benito is always busy discovering new ways to bring language and the digital age together. His main project at the moment is his PhD. He is focusing on the ways in which Afrikaans speakers build judgement into their language by using different means. The type of words he is interested in are grouped into a collection he calls morphological evaluative constructions. Part of his study includes looking at other languages, which excites him even more about being a linguist.
LLB North-West University, Potchefstroom
BA Honours Afrikaans and Dutch North-West University, Potchefstroom
MA General Linguistics focused on Afrikaans and Dutch North-West University, Potchefstroom
Previously Benito has been part of a number of projects that gave him exposure to POS-tagging, semantic annotation, and archiving mainly through the NWU Centre for Text Technology (CTexT). He has been helping out in different projects since 2011 and has an analytical demeanour that makes him thorough and efficient when working, especially with text data. In 2018 he also went to the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam to work for two months under the guidance of Professor Nicoline van der Sijs on a collaborative archiving project between Dutch and Afrikaans. Recently he has also been helping Professor Daan Wissing in a project that makes use of Praat to isolate certain segments of Afrikaans speech.
He was also a temporary lecturer at the Law Faculty of the North-West University during the second semester in 2016. The subject he presented was Communication skills in the legal context III and it involved developing third year students’ communication skills through lectures on listening and the distinction and necessity of legal interpretation and translation.
Trollip, E.B. & Van Huyssteen, G.B. 2018. The linking morpheme in Afrikaans: a Cognitive Grammar description. SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, 15(3):37-68. Accessible via http://www.skase.sk/Volumes/JTL38/pdf_doc/03.pdf [in English]
Benito has collaborated with a number of esteemed academics including Gerhard van Huyssteen, Ton van der Wouden, Frans Hinskens and Daan Wissing, to name but a few. The collaborations have ranged from interesting conversations to conference presentations and article authorship.