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Professor Emeritus, University of the Free State

The author is professor emeritus in language management in the Department of South African Sign Language & Deaf Studies and former Director of the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment at the University of the Free State. He teaches language policy, language planning and language management and language politics. His research covers the fields of multilingualism and language management and has since 1988 regularly visited several international institutions in Belgium, Germany and Israel. He has delivered 33 papers at international conferences and 40 at national conferences and is co-editor of 10 books, Afrikaans en taalpolitiek (1987) with Hans du Plessis, Taal en stryd: Gedenkbundel 1989—1999 (1999) with Alwyn van Gensen, Multilingualism & Government (2000) with Kas Deprez , Multilingualism, the judiciary and security services (2001) with Kas Deprez and Lut Teck, Multilingualism, education and social integration (2003) with Pol Cuvelier and Lut Teck, Multilingualism and electronic language management (2005) with Walter Daelemans, Lut Teck and Cobus Snyman, The politics of language in South Africa (2006) with Vic Webb, Multilingualism and Exclusion (2007) with Pol Cuvelier, Michael Meeuwis and Lut Teck, Multilingualism and educational interpreting. Innovation and delivery (2008) with Marlene Verhoef) and Multilingualism from below (2010) with Pol Cuvelier, Michael Meeuwis, Reinhild Vandekerckhove and Vic Webb. He is also author of 2 monographs, 23 chapters in books, of which 7 international publications, and has published 32 articles in acclaimed journals, 20 papers as conferences proceedings, 26 popular articles and 16 book reviews. The author is Editor-in-Chief of the Van Schaik Publishers series, Language Policy Studies in South Africa and the SUNPReSS series, South African Language Rights Monitor, Associated Editor of Language Matters. Studies in language in Africa published by UNISA/Routledge and serves on the editorial boards of two journals, the Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers series, Multilingualism and Linguistic Diversity and Fragmente. Tydskrif vir Filosofie en Kultuurkritiek. He is member of a variety of scholarly associations including the International Academy of Linguistic Law.


  • –present
    Professor Emeritus, University of the Free State


  • 1981 
    University of the Free State, BA