Recent Submissions

  • The role of dictionaries in the documentation and codification of African languages: the case of Khoisan 

    Chebanne, Andy (http://afrilex.africanlanguages.com/homelex.html, 2010)
    Khoisan speech communities are found in Southern Africa, with Botswana having the greatest ethnic and linguistic diversity. Living in small communities, the Khoisan have always found themselves in a situation of being ...
  • Second position clitics in Degema: a reanalysis 

    Kari, Ethelbert Emmanuel (West African Linguistic Society; www.westafricanlinguisticssociety.org, 2015)
    This paper reanalyzes so-called second position clitics in Degema as verb-adjacent clitics. The reanalysis is based on the observation that these clitics cannot be separated from the verb by intervening elements. Kari ...
  • Parasynthesis in Degema: Simultaneous affixation or suffixation and concomitant prefixation 

    Kari, Ethelbert E. (Linguistics Association of SADC Universities, 2015-04)
    This paper discusses parasynthesis, also known as circumfixation, in Degema. It highlights the fact that circumfixes are controversial not only because of the possibility to analyze them as discontinuous units consisting ...
  • Strategies for naming tourist sites in Botswana 

    Kari, Ethelbert Emmanuel; Mogara, Budzani (University of Botswana http://www.ub.bw, 2014)
    This paper aims at establishing and discussing the strategies for naming tourist sites in the languages of Botswana using a descriptive approach. In addition, the paper attempts a classification of these tourist sites in ...
  • Post Africa(n) feminism? 

    Mekgwe, P. (Routledge (Taylor and francis), www.routledge.com, 2010)
    The growing body of literature authored by women in Africa and the African Diaspora over the past four decades has been accompanied by vigorous debates out of which has evolved a body of theories pertaining to African ...
  • “All that is fine in the human condition”: crafting words, creating Ma-Ramotswe 

    Mekgwe, P.; Smith, A.M. (Indiana University Press, www.iupress.indiana.edu, 2006)
    Acclaimed Edinburgh-based author Alexander McCall Smith is a professor of Medical Law and a prolific fiction writer. He has written over fifty books. It is, however, with the fictional character Ma-Ramotswe that his name ...
  • Understanding the rural-urban dichotomy in Mositi Torontle's the victims and Unity Dow's far and beyon' 

    Rasebotsa, N.L.; Lederer, M.S. (Indiana University Press, www.iupress.indiana.edu, 2010)
    This paper examines how place is represented in two Botswana novels, Far and Beyon’ by Unity Dow and The Victims by Mositi Torontle. Conventional notions of rural as the “authentic” experience that is threatened by ...
  • English pronouns in the writing of some Batswana students 

    Alimi, M.M. (University of Botswana, Department of English, http://www.ub.bw, 2008)
    This paper examines the morphological and syntactic differences between English and Setswana pronouns, and how these differences manifest in students usage of English learners may be assisted to become more proficient in ...
  • Intersuffixing in Setswana: the case of the perfective -ile, the applicative -ela, and the causative -isa 

    Chebanne, A. (University of Botswana, Office of Research and Development, http://www.ub.bw, 1996)
    Our motivation and inspiration to undertake this aspect of the phonology of Setswana is derived from research in Setswana phonology by Creissels (Notes, 1991-1992) and from the Bantu languages phonology by Bastin (1983). ...
  • The influence of school on the choice of language learning strategies in Botswana 

    Magogwe, J.M. (University of Botswana, Department of English, http://www.ub.bw, 2008)
    This research seeks to examine the role that context or learning situation plays in strategy choice by comparing the strategy patterns of a private English medium secondary and a government secondary school in Botswana. ...
  • An alalysis of two setswana colour terms: ntsho and tshweu 

    Otlogetswe, T.J.; Bagwasi, M.M. (University of Botswana, Department of English, http://www.ub.bw, 2008)
    This paper explores the linguistic contexts, uses and meanings of the colour terms ntsho (black) and tshweu (white) in Setswana. Using a corpus data, the paper argues that the two terms display cultural and linguistic ...
  • The nature and origin of sex-related euphemisms in Setswana 

    Batibo, H.M.; Kopi, M.M. (University of Botswana, Department of English, http://www.ub.bw, 2008)
    The aim of this study is to investigate sex-related euphemisms in Setswana. Although sex matters, as embarrassing phenomena, are not usually talked about in Setswana communities, they have recently been brought to the open ...
  • Language maintenance or shift? attitudes of Bakalanga youth towards their mother tongue 

    Letsholo, R. (Routledge (Taylor and Francis)/www.routledge.com, 2009)
    This article reports the findings of a study whose objective was to investigate whether there was a likelihood of a language shift (or loss) from Ikalanga (a minority language spoken in Botswana) to either Setswana or ...
  • Patterns of language use and language preference of some children and their parents in Botswana 

    Magocha, K.; Arua, A.E. (Routledge (Taylor and Francis) www.routledge.com, 2002)
    This paper examines the patterns of language use and language preference of some children aged 6–15 and their parents at the University of Botswana. The results indicate that the majority of the children speak Setswana ...
  • The dual nature of Setswana wedding songs: expressions of peace and conflict within families 

    Nhlekisana, R.O.B. (Department of communications, Polytechnic of Namibia, 2007)
    Songs are very important components in the folklore of Botswana as they accompany almost all social activity. Every occasion in which people come together has particular songs for the event, including work, wedding and ...
  • A phenomenological interpretation of Kerebe greetings 

    Kezilahabi, E. (Taylor and Francis, 2001)
    This article argues that greeting among the Kerebe is a phenomenological project of everydayness in which the concept of being manifests itself in a dialogic manner. This is revealed through the four variables on which ...