Ralph Adendorff

Professor EmeritusRalph Adendorff

BA (Hons) HDE (Rhodes), MA (Indiana), PhD (Natal)

Email address: r.adendorff@ru.ac.za

Research interests:

  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Systemic-functional approaches to linguistic analysis
  • Ethnography



PhD thesis  

  • 1999: A Critical Microethnographic Investigation of the Role of News-Time in the Acquisition of Literacy in Pre-Democratic South Africa. Submitted to the University of Natal, Durban.

Chapters in books

  • 1990: Adendorff, R. "Interpretive tasks in the ESL classroom". In Chick, K. (ed.) Searching For Relevance: Contextual Issues in Applied Linguistics in Southern Africa, Durban: South African Applied Linguistics Association, 238-272.
  • 1991: Adendorff, R. "Political cartoons: Uncooperative forms of communication?" In Prinsloo, J. and Criticos, C. (eds.) Media Matters in South Africa. Media Resource Centre, Department of Education, University of Natal, 206-213.
  • 1995: Adendorff, R. "Fanakalo in South Africa" in Mesthrie, R. (ed.) Language and Social History: Studies in South African Sociolinguistics. Cape Town & Johannesburg: David Philip, 176-192.
  • 1996: Adendorff, R. "The functions of code switching amongst high school teachers and students in KwaZulu and implications for teacher education". In Bailey, K.M. and Nunan, D. (eds.) Voices From the Language Classroom: Qualitative Research in Second Language Education. New York: Cambridge University Press, 388-406.
  • 2002: Adendorff, R. “Fanakalo: a pidgin in South Africa.” In Mesthrie, R. (ed.) Language in South Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 179-198.
  • 2004: Adendorff, R. “The Principal’s Book: Discursively reconstructing a culture of teaching and learning in an Umlazi high school”. In Young, L. and Harrison, C. (eds.) Systemic Functional Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis. London & New York: Continuum, 202-216.

  • 2015: Siebörger, I. and Adendorff, R.D. Black-boxing and the politics of parliamentary oversight in South Africa. In Dedaic, M. (ed.), Singing, Speaking and Writing Politics: South African Political Discourses. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.  43-66.

Publications in International Journals

  • 1993: Adendorff, R. "Ethnographic evidence of the social meaning of Fanakalo in South Africa." Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages Vol. 8/1, 1-27.
  • 1993: Adendorff, R. "Codeswitching amongst Zulu-speaking teachers and their pupils: Its functions and implications for teacher education." Language and Education Vol. 7/3, 141-162.
  • 1995: Adendorff, R. "A description of selected grammatical characteristics of Mine Fanakalo." South African Journal of Linguistics Supplement 27, 3-18.
  • 1997: Parkinson, J. & Adendorff, R. "Two streams of literacy in science: A look at first year laboratory manuals" Language and Education. Vol. 11/3, 200-221.
  • 1998: Adendorff, R. & Nel, T. "Literacy and middle class privilege in post-apartheid South Africa: Evidence from planning time sessions at Church Pre-School.” Multilingua. Vol. 17 (2/3), 197-225.
  • 2004: Parkinson, J. & Adendorff, R. “The use of popular science articles in teaching scientific literacy.” English for Special Purposes. An International Journal. Vol. 23, 379-396.
  • 2005: Parkinson, J. & Adendorff, R. “Science books for children as a preparation for textbook literacy.” Discourse Studies. Vol. 7/2:213-236.

Publications in refereed South African Journals

  • 1985: Adendorff, R., Chick, J.K. & Seneque, M. "Negotiating meaning in an English cultural environment: A course for Afrikaans bankers." Journal for Language Teaching Vol. 19/2, 45-76.
  • 1990: Adendorff, R. "Interpretive tasks in the ESL classroom." Journal for Language Teaching Vol. 24/1, 1-27
  • 1991: Adendorff, R. "Devising a pragmatically valid means of eliciting subject-verb agreement rules in English". South African Journal of Linguistics Vol. 9/4, 100-109.
  • 1991: Adendorff, R. "English now and in a future South Africa." Journal for Language Teaching Vol. 25/3, 65-77.
  • 1992: Adendorff, R. "Asking questions about language testing." Journal for Language Teaching Vol. 26/2, 48-55.
  • 1993: Adendorff, R. "Code-switching amongst Zulu-speaking teachers and their pupils: Its functions and implications for teacher education." Southern African Journal of Applied Language Studies Vol. 2/1, 3-26.
  • 1993: Adendorff, R. & Savini-Beck, M. "The teaching of English vowels and consonants in the new South Africa." Journal for Language Teaching, Vol. 27/3, 232-248.
  • 1996: Parkinson, J. & Adendorff, R. "Role of the laboratory notebook in students’acquisition of written scientific literacy" South African Journal of Linguistics Vol. 14/3, 83-91.
  • 1997: Adendorff, R. “KwaZulu-Natal and the Netherlands as multilingual and multicultural societies: Similarities and differences.” Dubbelfluit. Vol. 3/1, 1-5.
  • 1998: Adendorff, R. & Chick, J.K. “Inducting researchers through oppositional (?) discourse.” Southern African Journal of Applied Language Studies. Vol. 6/1, 1-26.
  • 2001: Adendorff, R. "An introduction to language and accountability: Towards a socially sensitive Applied Linguistics." Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Vol. 19/3&4:iii-v.
  • 2001: Adendorff, R. & Weideman, A. "Tribute to John Keith Chick". Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Vol. 19/3&4:vi-x.

Other Publications

  • 1987: Adendorff, R., Chick, J.K., Claude, M. & Dace, R.W. "Grammar and writing". ELTIC Reporter Vol. 12/2, 4-18.
  • 1988: Adendorff, R. "Political cartoons as a resource in the ESL classroom". ELTIC Reporter Vol. 14/2, 30-44.
  • 1990: Adendorff, R. "Grammar and writing". Reprinted in Educamus Vol. 36/3, 19-22. (Part 2).
  • 1990: Adendorff, R. "Guiding the reader: The role of topic and focus." ELTIC Reporter Vol. 15/1, 33-40.
  • 1990: Adendorff, R. "Disruptive grammar and the creation of meaning." ELTIC Reporter Vol. 15/3, 12-20.
  • 1992: Adendorff, R. "The social meaning of English in South Africa (or: Don't you kick my teddybear!)." Crux Vol. 26/1, 50-62.
  • 2006: V. de Klerk, R. Adendorff, M. de Vos, S. Hunt, T. Niesler, S.R. Simango and L. Todd. Educated mother-tongue South African English: a corpus approach. Language Matters 37(1) pp. 85-105

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