Mark de Vos

?Associate Professor Mark de Vos

PhD (Leiden), MPhil (Tromsø), BJourn (Rhodes)

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I have diverse and active research interests.  I consider myself a syntactician with interests in general linguistics.  My interests include syntax and formal models in all languages, the linguistics and psycholinguistics of literacy in Africa and African languages (Applied Linguisics), syntactic linearization, English and Afrikaans grammar and syntax, Pseudo-coordination, adpositions, EPP, agreement phenomena etc.  I am also interested in the language of assessment in tertiary education etc.  Please look at my publications page as well as my students'  research topics below to deduce the kinds of things I am interested in.


Link to publications

Link to Research Project: The Psycholinguistics of literacy

Link to General Interests

Link to a perspective on Grahamstown for new arrivals and intrepid travellers

Link to Normalization grammar

Some of my current and past students' thesis topics

I am willing to supervise a wide range of linguistic and applied linguistic topics. Here are some ideas.

Syntax and formal models

  • Existential constructions in Western Armenian (Dylan Arslanian)
  • Subject-Predicate Agreement and Coordination in Bantu Languages: An Optimality Theoretic Perspective (Hazel Mitchley)
  • Agreement patterns with coordinated adjectives in SeSotho (Sian Rees)
  • A comparative study of Verb Phrase Ellipsis in Mandarin and isiXhosa (Xiujie Ma)
  • Tense and aspect in isiXhosa (Stefan Savic)

Linguistic and psycholinguistic approaches to literacy

  • Phonological awareness in isiXhosa (Maxine Diemer)
  • Morphological awareness in isiXhosa (Gwyn Ortner & Sian Reese)
  • Interactions of word length and syllable structure in isiXhosa literacy (Tracy Probert)
  • Effective materials development and pedagogic practice in reading literacy in Nguni languages: a phonic-syllabic and morphosyntactic analysis (Jenny Katz)
  • Early Literacy through Technology: An Evaluation of a Tablet-based Experimental Approach to Literacy Acquisition (Kelly Shiohira)

Applied Linguistics and discourse

  • Multilingual repertoires and strategic rapport management: A comparative study of South African and Dutch small business discourse (Sanne Lauriks)
  • A case study of the linguistic face management strategies of dyslexic adults (Layle Henderson)
  • Investigating the Linguistic features in Ugandan English: A Corpus-based Approach (Connie Tukwasibwe)


Modules taught:

  • Linguistics 1 Language Structures
  • Linguistics 2 & 3 Syntax
  • Postgraduate: Language and Mind and Biolinguistics: Introduction to Minimalist syntax
  • Postgraduate: Language change and historical linguistics
  • Postgraduate: The (psycho)linguistics of literacy in South Africa

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