Visiting Scholar: Christine Anthonissen

For four weeks in May and June, Professor Christine Anthonissen (Stellenbosch University), visited MultiLing as part of the INTPART network project.

Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

Professor Christine Anthonissen usually works at Stellenbosch University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in South Africa. Stellenbosch University is one of four South African universities that MultiLing collaborates with through our INTPART network project, and Anthonissen visited MultiLing as part of the project's mobility scheme. Through staff mobility, both scientific and administrative, expertise and collaborations are further strengthened. 

The INTPART network project seeks to strengthen transnational research and education with scholars at four key South African universities whose work is highly relevant for MultiLing’s research agenda. Through the collaborations, the project will contribute to mutual development, and the enhancement of unique and sought-after knowledge. Research and higher education cooperation will also be linked through project activities such as PhD courses and workshops.

Anthonissen at MultiLing

During her stay, Anthonissen spent time getting acquainted with the work done by researchers at MultiLing, with an additional aim to connect researchers from her home institutions with MultiLing researchers working in similiar fields. At MultiLing, Anthonissen also participated in a short course in Experimental Methods in Psycholinguistic and Sociolinguistic research, given by Hanne Gram Simonsen, Monica Norvik Knoph and Unn Røyneland. From Oslo, Anthonissen travelled to Limerick to attend the 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB11), where many researchers from MultiLing also were present. Here, she held a presentation on aligning family language policy to social and educational opportunity, as part of the colloquium New speakers come to life – Matching expectations of families and their environment. This colloquium was chaired by MultiLing's Postdoctoral Fellow Judith Purkarthofer together with Guri Bordal Steien (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences). 

About Christine Anthonissen

Christine Anthonissen is Professor of linguistics at Stellenbosch Univeristy. Broadly, Anthonissen would say she is a sociolinguist. However, she started out in the 1990s doing critical discourse analysis – and even when doing sociolinguistics, she often ends up investigating different kinds of discourses. Most recently her work has focused on two areas: 

  1. The use of various languages in education in multilingual African contexts, including the fairly systematic mismatch between language policy and educational practices. She refers to post-colonial theory in attempting to explain the limited recognition and use of indigenous African languages in South Africa, but also in other regions.

  2. The linguistic repertoires and language biographies of various African communities that are characteristically multilingual, specifically also of African migrants coming into South Africa and Namibia.

For more information, visit Professor Anthonissen’s personal page at Stellenbosch University (external link).

Published July 5, 2017 1:14 PM - Last modified June 19, 2018 1:36 PM