Thematic Research Area
University of South AfricaD.Litt. et Phil.
My research and teaching interests are in stylistics, phonology, grammar and theory of literature. I’ve taught and published in both English and Afrikaans. Before teaching at UBC, I taught for several years at the University of South Africa working with students from various language backgrounds
Biermann, Ina & Annette Combrink (eds.) (2001) Poetics, Linguistics and History: Discourses of War and Conflict: Proceedings of the 19th PALA Conference. PU for CHE: Potchefstroom.
___________& Hilton Hubbard (guest eds.) (1999) Introduction. Journal of Literary Studies / Tydskrif vir Literatuurwetenskap 15(3‑4) Special double issue on Stylistics. R.
___________(1999) Sound repetition as characterisation technique in Salman Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh, in Journal of Literary Studies / Tydskrif vir Literatuurwetenskap 15(3‑4): 324-354. R.
___________(1997) PALA Stylistics Bibliography, 1993‑May 1997.
___________ (1995) When metaphor counts: review article of Understanding Metaphor by Gerard Steen, in Language and Literature 6(1):57‑68, February. R.
___________ (1993) Intertextuality as parallelism in two South African poems. Language and Literature 2(3):197‑220. R.
___________ (1992) Reading Can Themba’s “The Suit” I: the communicative function of structural aspects in Gräbe, Ina & Zara Jackson (eds) Literatuurwetenskap en Letterkundeonderwys / Literary Theory and the Teaching of Literature. University of South Africa: Pretoria, pp. 53‑73.
____________ (1992) The ghost line (“die spookreël”) pp. 501‑2; the stanza (“die strofe”) pp. 508‑10; the line (“die versreël”) pp. 556‑60, in Cloete, T.T. (ed..) Literêre Terme en Teorieë. Haum Literêr: Pretoria.
____________ (1988) Sound in poetry: the role of phonetics in the study of poetic language as exemplified in the study of a sonnet by Gerard Manley Hopkins. SA Journal of Linguistics 6(3):15‑29. R.
Stylistics, the interface between language and literature, remains the focus of interest in my teaching and research. I strongly believe that comprehensive linguistic analysis and description is the most reliable foundation for accurate interpretation and evaluation of any text. My current teaching at UBC includes an honours seminar on the linguistic analysis of poetry, undergraduate courses on stylistics and English language, both on campus and online, leaning towards blended teaching.