My Presentations

Visiting Scholar

  1. Thabo Ditsele. 2013 (8-9 April). Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, USA hosted by Prof Daniel Golembeski. The visit included a one-hour Lecture on Languages of South Africa mainly for students/academics from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
  2. Thabo Ditsele. 2018 (27-28 March). Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA hosted by Prof John Thabiti Willis. The visit included a one-hour Lecture on The South African linguistic landscape: A review of the legacy of colonialism mainly for students/academics from the Departments of History, Africana Studies, and Linguistics.
  3. Thabo Ditsele. 2020 (27-28 February). University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain hosted by Prof Pedro Álvarez- Mosquera. The visit included a one-hour Lecture on Multilingualism in South Africa: On paper or in practice? mainly for students/academics from the Department of English Philology.

Invited Talks

  1. Thabo Ditsele. 2013. Perceptions of Black South African Languages: A survey of the attitudes of Setswana-speaking university students toward their first language. French Institute Seminars in Humanities (FISH). French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), Johannesburg, South Africa, 13 February 2013.
  2. Thabo Ditsele. 2014. Sepitori: The lingua franca of Tshwane. Seminar for Honours and Master’s students of Linguistics. University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 15 October 2014.
  3. Thabo Ditsele. 2015. Why not use Sepitori to enrich the vocabularies of Setswana and Sepedi? Faculty of Humanities Day. Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa, 28 May 2015.
  4. Thabo Ditsele. 2016. Perspectives about Tshwane’s urban variety called Sepitori. Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) Research Seminar on “Researching youth languages in Africa”. University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 28 September 2016.
  5. Thabo Ditsele. 2017. South Africa’s university students’ attitudes toward Southern Bantu languages: A legacy of centuries-long linguistic power relations. International Workshop on “Performance and Representation in Language: The Other’s Other”. University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 25-26 September 2017.
  6. Thabo Ditsele. 2017. Sepitori: A lingua franca of greater Pretoria, South Africa. Linguistics Summer School, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 4-8 December 2017.
  7. Thabo Ditsele. 2018. Preparing a research proposal and ethics clearance application: What to know. Department of Applied Languages’ Post-graduate Students’ 2nd Annual Contact Session. Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa, 19 July 2018.

Oral Presentations at Conferences

  1. Thabo Ditsele. 2012. Language contact in urban settings in Africa: The case of Sepitori in Tshwane. Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics 2012 (CALL 2012). Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands, 27-29 August 2012.
  2. Thabo Ditsele. 2013. Sepitori: A Pretoria non-standard variety that could do more than enrich vocabularies of Setswana and Sepedi. 1st African Urban and Youth Languages Conference. University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 5-6 July 2013.
  3. Thabo Ditsele. 2014. A comparative study of the attitudes held by Setswana L1-speaking under-graduate students at public and private universities in South Africa. 2014 Joint LSSA/SAALA/SAALT Conference. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 24-27 June 2014.
  4. Thabo Ditsele. 2014. Sepitori: A Pretoria mixed language that could be used to revive interest in two Bantu languages in South Africa. Airlangga University International Conference on Linguistics. Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia, 23-24 August 2014.
  5. Thabo Ditsele. 2015. Setswana-based tsotsitaal in the North-West province. 2015 Joint LSSA/SAALA/SAALT Conference. North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 24-26 June 2015.
  6. Thabo Ditsele & Ellen Hurst. 2015. How tsotsitaal travels. 8th World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL8). Kyoto University, Japan, 20-24 August 2015.
  7. Thabo Ditsele. 2015. Use of tsotsitaal in South African music. 2nd African Urban and Youth Languages Conference. Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, 11-13 December 2015.
  8. Thabo Ditsele. 2016. Setswana-based tsotsitaal in the North West province of South Africa. 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 47). University of California at Berkeley, California, USA, 23-26 March 2016.
  9. Thabo Ditsele. 2016. Motswako: The influence of this popular Setswana-oriented Hip Hop in South Africa. 2016 Joint LSSA/SAALA/SAALT Conference. University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, 4-7 July 2016.
  10. Thabo Ditsele. 2017. Did SA’s political parties promote ‘multilingualism’ during the last elections? 48th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 48). Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 30 March to 2 April 2017.
  11. Thabo Ditsele. 2017. Residents’ perspectives on Sepitori, a mixed language of Pretoria, South Africa. Annual Summer Conference of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL-2017). University of Tampere, Finland, 19-22 June 2017.
  12. Thabo Ditsele. 2018. Social media assessments of Sepitori: Some preliminary data from #LearnPitori. 49th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 49). Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, 22-25 March 2018.
  13. Thabo Ditsele. 2019. Interpretation of a language Act seeking to promote multilingualism in South Africa. International Conference on Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts (LIEMC19). University of York, England, UK, 14-15 February 2019.
  14. Khayelihle P. Nkosi & Thabo Ditsele. 2019. The use of isiNdebele for service delivery in Nkangala District Municipality, South Africa. 3rd Biennial Conference of African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA). United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, 24-26 October 2019.
  15. Lungisani X. Khumalo & Thabo Ditsele. 2019. Assessing the use of isiZulu in banking services in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province. 3rd Biennial Conference of African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA). United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, 24-26 October 2019.
  16. Thabo Ditsele. 2020. Is Sepitori a tsotsitaal version spoken in Tshwane, South Africa? Annual Winter Conference of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL-2020). Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 2-5 January 2020.
  17. Lehlohonolo V. Motake & Thabo Ditsele. 2020. Assessing attitudes of students toward computer aided translation tools at a South African university. 14th International Technology, Education and Development [INTED] Conference. Hotel Melia, Valencia, Spain, 2-4 March 2020.

Poster Presentations at Conferences

  1. Thabo Ditsele. 2013. A survey of the attitudes of Setswana-speaking undergraduate students toward the use of their first language in formal functions. Illinois Language and Linguistics Society 5 (ILLS5). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, 5-7 April 2013.
  2. Thabo Ditsele. 2013. Sepitori: A Pretoria mixed language that could help revive interest in two Bantu languages in South Africa. 5th International Conference on Bantu Languages. INALCO, Paris, France, 12-15 June 2013.

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