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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Zulu 1 (postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PAFC128
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • knowledge and understanding of basic Zulu grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of essential Zulu vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Zulu structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand short passages in written Zulu on everyday topics
  • the ability to produce short passages in written Zulu on everyday topics
  • the ability to understand spoken Zulu and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Zulu in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

A total of 22 weeks teaching with 5 hours classroom contact per week.  10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS.  Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides an introduction to Zulu language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Zulu. The course covers phonetics and phonology (including click consonants), verbal morphology and noun classes, and basic tense-aspect-mood and polarity distinctions. Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations, including travelling, buying and selling, and urban and rural family life.

The course provides students with a basic knowledge of Zulu and practice of using Zulu in a variety of everyday situations. It allows students to interact with Zulu speakers in Zulu and to use original Zulu language sources within the level covered in the course. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Zulu language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Zulu.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written paper taken in May/June (50%); a language learning portfolio consisting of a set of marked homework, short in-class tests, translation projects (30%); one 15 minute oral examination (15%); regular course work (5%).

Suggested reading

The course will be based on

  • Mostert, Carola, Zulu 1 Course Materials, London, SOAS
  • additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.

Additional Zulu References

Zulu Learning Resources

  • Speak Zulu with Us (Beginners). CD Rom. African Voices, Diep River.
  • Speak Zulu with Us (Advanced). CD Rom. African Voices, Diep River.
  • Nxumalo, Thandiwe and Samuel D. Cioran. 1996. Funda IsiZulu! – Learn Zulu!: An Introduction to Zulu. Hamilton, Ontario: WXY Media for Juta Academic Publishing.
  • Townshend, J.B., 1993, Phezulu: Practical, Handy, Easy Zulu: A Beginner’s course 3rd ed., Pietermaritzburg etc.: Shuter & Shooter.
  • Wilkes, Arnett and Nicholias Nkosi. 1995. Teach Yourself Zulu. London: Hodder Headline.
  • C M Doke, D M Malcolm, J M A Sikakana, B W Vilakazi, 1996, English-Zulu/Zulu-English Dictionary, Witwatersrand University Press. (ISBN: 1868141608)

Linguistic Studies

  • Canoninci, Noveroni N. 1990. The Zulu Folktale Durban: Zulu Language and Literature, University of Natal.
  • Canoninci, Noveroni N. 1995. Zulu Grammatical Structure. Durban: Zulu Language and Literature, University of Natal.
  • Doke, Clement. 1931. Text-book of Zulu grammar. London : Longmans.
  • Doke, Clement. 1954. The Southern Bantu languages. London : OUP.
  • Hlongwane, J. B., ed. 1998. Some issues in African linguistics : Festschrift for A.C. Nkabinde. Pretoria : J.L. van Schaik.
  • Nkabinde, A. C., ed. 1988. Anthology of articles on African linguistics and literature : a Festschrift to C.L.S. Nyembezi. Johannesburg : Lexicon.
  • Poulos, George. 1982. Issues in Zulu relativization. Grahamstown : Dept. of African Languages, Rhodes University.
  • Poulos, George and Sonja E. Bosch. 1997. Zulu. München; Newcastle: LINCOM Europa.
  • Poulos, George and Christian T. Msimang. 1998. A linguistic analysis of Zulu. Pretoria : Via Afrika.
  • Taljaard, P. C. and Sonja E. Bosch. 1988. Handbook of isiZulu. Pretoria : J.L. Van Schaik.

Texts and critical editions

  • Gunner, Liz and Mafika Gwala, eds. 1991, Musho: Zulu Popular Praises. East Lansing: Michigan State University. (Zulu and English texts)
  • Koopman, Adrian, 2002, Zulu Names, Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press.
  • Masondo, M. M. 1998. One-act plays : a collection of one-act stage, radio and TV plays. Pretoria : Academica. (translated from Zulu)
  • Rycroft, D.K. and A.B. Ngcobo, eds., 1988, The Praises of Dingane. Izibongo zikaDingane, Durban: Killie Campbell Africana Library.
  • Schlosser, Katesa, ed. 1997. Zulu mythology / as written and illustrated by the Zulu prophet Laduma Madela. [translated by Vincent Zanoxolo Gitywa]. Kiel : Schmidt & Klaunig. (English and Zulu text)

Additional resources relating to language-based scholarship discussed in the PG lectures

  • Austin, Peter, ed., 2008, 1000 Languages: The world-wide history of living and lost tongues, London: Thames and Hudson.
  • Baker, Mona, 1992, In Other Words: A coursebook on translation, London: Routledge.
  • Duranti, Alessandro, 1997, Linguistic Anthropology, Cambridge: CUP.
  • Geertz, Clifford, 1973/2000, The Interpretation of Cultures: selected essays, New York: Basic Books.
  • Pinker, Steven, 1994, The Language Instinct: the new science of language and mind, London: Allan Lane.