Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

ISSN: 1607-3614 (Print)
            1727-9461 (Online)

Impact Factor: 0.188 (2015)
5-year Impact Factor: 0.368 (2015)

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)

Official publication of the LSSA and SAALA

Co-published with RoutledgeClick here for Open Access options on this journal

Aims & Scope

Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies publishes articles on a wide range of linguistic topics and acts as a forum for research into ALL the languages of southern Africa, including English and Afrikaans. Original contributions are welcomed on any of the core areas of linguistics, both theoretical (e.g. syntax, phonology, semantics) and applied (e.g. sociolinguistic topics, language teaching, language policy). Review articles, short research reports and book reviews are also welcomed. Articles in languages other than English are accompanied by an extended English summary.



Prof. Leketi Makalela
Division of Languages, Literacies & Literatures, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag  3, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa

Co-Editor (Linguistics)

Dr Maxwell Kadenge
Department of Linguistics, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag X3, WITS 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa

Co-Editor (Language Practice)

Dr Kobus Marais
Department of Linguistics and Language Practice, University of the Free State, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa, e-mail:

Co-Editor (Applied Linguistics)

Dr Susan Brokensha
Department of English, University of the Free State, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa, e-mail:

Prof. Tommaso M Milani
School of Literature and Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Private Bag 3, WITS 2050, South Africa, e-mail:

Reviews Editor

Prof. Nerina Bosman
Department of Afrikaans, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa

Advisory Committee

Prof. BS Chumbow, University of Buea, Cameroon
Prof. R Dirven, Duisberg University, Germany
Prof. R Fasold, Georgetown University, USA
Prof. D Geeraerts, University of Leuven, Belgium
Prof. A Lehrer, University of Arizona, USA
Dr C Myers-Scotton, University of South Carolina, USA
Prof. PGJ van Sterkenburg, Institute for Dutch Lexicology, The Netherlands
Prof. HE Wiegand, Germanistisches Seminar, Heidelberg, Germany

Editorial Committee

Dr A Beukes, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Prof. W Carstens, North-West University, South Africa
Prof. V de Klerk, Rhodes University, South Africa
Prof. L de Stadler, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Prof. H Hubbard, University of South Africa, South Africa
Dr M Joseph, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Prof. R Mesthrie, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Prof. DJ Prinsloo, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Prof. E Ramanie, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Dr R Simango, Rhodes University, South Africa
Prof B van Rooy, North-West University, South Africa

Publishing Manager

Contact regarding all aspects relating to the production of the journal, including scheduling and copyright issues:

Mike Schramm
NISC (Pty) Ltd
4 Speke Street
PO Box 377
Grahamstown 6140
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)46 622 9698
Fax: +27 (0)46 622 9550

Published in association with the Southern African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA) and the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa (LSSA).

Latest Issue

Volume 34, Issue 4, 2016


Identification of Nigerian English idioms: A methodological perspective
Author(s): Umar Aliyu MuhammadFaculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Malaysia, Ngee Thai YapFaculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Malaysia, Mei Yuit ChanFaculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Malaysia, Bee Eng WongFaculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Malaysia
Pages: 279–288
Problems in the acquisition of Noun Class 11 among Xhosa children
Author(s): Tessa DowlingAfrican Languages, School of Languages and Literatures, South Africa, Derek GowlettAfrican Languages, School of Languages and Literatures, South Africa
Pages: 289–309
Translanguaging in a township primary school: Policy and practice
Author(s): Lara-Stephanie KrauseSchool of Languages and Literature, South Africa, Mastin PrinslooSchool of Languages and Literature, South Africa
Pages: 347–357
The role of monitoring and evaluation in six South African reading programmes
Author(s): Denver GriggOrganisational Psychology, South Africa, Jenna JoffeOrganisational Psychology, South Africa, Alicia OkeyoOrganisational Psychology, South Africa, Debbie SchkolneOrganisational Psychology, South Africa, Nicola van der MerweOrganisational Psychology, South Africa, Mlungisi ZumaOrganisational Psychology, South Africa, Chao MulengaOrganisational Psychology, South Africa, Adiilah BoodhooOrganisational Psychology, South Africa, Joha Louw-PotgieterOrganisational Psychology, South Africa
Pages: 359–370


Book Review
Author(s): Guocai ZengSchool of Foreign Languages, China
Pages: 371–373


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Instructions for Authors

Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (SALALS) publishes contributions from any of the disciplines in linguistics, both theoretical and applied. SALALS will publish research articles of 5 000–8 000 words and short communications of 2 000 words. Review papers will be considered only if they make an original conceptual or theoretical contribution to the field. Invited book reviews are also published.

Editorial policy: Submission of the manuscript implies that the material has not previously been published, nor it is being submitted elsewhere for publication. Contributions are accepted with the understanding that the authors have the authority for publication. Submission will be taken to imply transfer of copyright of the material to the publishers, NISC (Pty) Ltd. Contributions must conform to the principles outlined in Ethical considerations in research publication available for download below.

Papers submitted to SALALS will be viewed by at least two appropriately qualified and experienced referees to ensure that all articles accepted for publication are methodologically and conceptually sound and make an original contribution to the field. The journal adheres strictly to a double blind review process. The decision to accept a manuscript rests with the Editor-in Chief. Queries regarding manuscripts can be addressed to the Editorial Office. Contributions may be in any of the 11 official languages of South Africa. Articles in languages other than English must be accompanied by an abstract in English and an extended English summary (500–1 000 words). However, for authors who prefer to translate their entire article into English, we will make the original African language manuscript also available online, as supplementary information, linked to the published English-language version.

Submission: Articles should be submitted via the Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (SALALS) Journal’s ScholarOne Manuscript website. New users should first create an account. Manuscript should adhere to the format criteria described below, and papers failing to do so will be returned to the authors to be corrected before being reviewed. Electronic copies should be submitted in MS Word format.

Manuscript presentation: Submitted manuscripts should contain the following sections:
Title page: The title (max. 20 words) should be concise description of the article content. List the author’s name(s), institutional address(es) and the e-mail address of the designated corresponding author.

Abstract: This should include the title of the paper and an abstract. The abstract is a concise statement of the scope of the work, the principal findings, and the conclusions and should not exceed 200 words.

Main text: All papers should include Introduction and Conclusion sections, but given the diverse range of papers that might be published in SALALS, we do not prescribe a standard format for the middle section.

Format – Manuscripts should be prepared in MSWord. The heading and the texts should be presented in 12-point Arial or Calibri font. The text should use 1.5 line spacing, with no extra line spacing, and should not include text columns, creative formatting or additional fonts. IPA characters should be in the Doulos SIL Unicode font or Charis DIL, which is available for download here. Headings should be formatted in sentence case – primary headings should be presented in bold, secondary headings in bold and italics, and tertiary headings in italics. Avoid footnotes, although endnotes may be used sparingly. Tables and graphs should not be part of the text but be prepared as separate files.

Editorial style – Manuscripts written in English should follow the UK spelling. For general style conventions consult a recent issue of the journal – free sample available here.

Referencing – Multiple citations in text must be separated by semicolons and cited chronologically in the form (Janks & Makalela 2013; Kadenge, 2012; Marais 2013; Milani, 2014). If previously published work is quoted directly, the citation must include the author, year of publication and page number as in (Nkadimeng 2013, p. 85). If more than two authors are cited in a reference, use only the name of the first author followed by ‘et al.’ For presenting the full reference list of references at the end of the manuscript, please consult our guide Reference Exemplars for Authors available for download below.The reference list should be in alphabetical order by first author, and include all authors of a given reference (do not use ‘et. al’ in the list),  likewise use full journal titles. URLs should be given only for references that are not available in print (such as a webpage) or ones that link to hard-to-find sources (e.g. municipal documents) and these URLs must be up-to-date at the time of submission and include an access date. Include published online DOIs only for articles without complete bibliographic details, such as articles published online early and not yet paginated and assigned to a volume or issue.

Example reference list:

Makoni S, Mashiri P. 2007. Critical historiography: Does language planning in Africa need a construct of language as part of its theoretical apparatus? In: Makoni S and Pennycook A (eds.), Disinventing and reconstituting languages. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. pp. 362–394.

Rampton B. 2006. Language in late modernity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Makalela L. 2013. Translanguaging in Kasi-taal: Rethinking old language boundaries for new language planning. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus 42: 111–125.

Tables and figures – Tables and figures should contain only information directly relevant to the content of the paper. Each table and figure must include a full, stand-alone caption, and each must be sequentially mentioned in the text. Highly stylised formatting should be avoided. Tables may include thin, horizontal lines but should not include cells with shading. Figures must conform to the journals style. Pay particular attention to line thickness, font and figure proportions, taking into account the journal’s printed page size. Costs of redrawing figures may be charged. Please refer to Figure Guidelines for Authors: format, style and technical considerations available for download below. For digital photographs or scanned images the resolution should be at least 300 dpi for colour or greyscale artwork and a minimum of 600 dpi for black line drawings. These can be saved (in order of preference) in PSD, PDF or JPEG format. Graphs, charts or maps can be saved in AI, PDF or EPS format. MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also acceptable but DO NOT EMBED Excel graphs or Powerpoint slides in a MS Word document. More detailed technical information is given in Figure Guidelines for Authors.

Other information:
Page charges: A page charge of ZAR175 per page (for African contributors – excl. VAT, where applicable) or USD30 (for other contributors) is levied by NISC. Authors who do not receive subsidies from their institutions may apply to the Editor to have the page charges waived.

Open access: Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies is a hybrid journal which allows authors the option of publishing their article Open Access for a set fee. Further details are given on the Open Access at NISC page. 

Special Issues: Proposals for special issues should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief. 


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