The Research Unit: Languages and Literature in the South African Context focuses on specific aspects of linguistics, applied linguistics, language technology and literature in its research. Each of these areas is divided into a sub-programme, where research with a particular focus is conducted within defined projects.
It is also the hub of developments in the field of Digital Humanities. In 2016 the focus was on further implementation of the strategic plan adopted in 2014, with a specific focus on motivating staff and maintaining research outputs.
Our core competencies lie in the fields of Descriptive Linguistics, Language Testing (in particular the assessment of Academic Literacy), the teaching and learning of Academic Literacy, Literary Criticism and various fields related to Language Technology, where CTexT continues to perform a significant developmental role.