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  • 60th BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO RUSANDREHENDRIKSE

    Almost 38 years have passed since Andries Petrus (Rusandre) Hendrikse first

    entered academia, as a junior lecturer in the Department of African Languages at

    Stellenbosch University, specialising in Xhosa. Now, as he reaches the grand and

    wise age of 60, as a measure of our fondness and esteem, we in Unisa's

    Department of Linguistics would like to pay tribute to him as an academic,

    colleague and friend.

    Although Rusandre's first postgraduate qualification was in anthropology, this

    was followed immediately by a second BA (Hons) (Stellenbosch), this time in

    African Languages and Linguistics, and he has ever since been very much at

    home with, and enjoyed dual intellectual citizenship in both these disciplines.

    After a four-year stint in the Department of General Linguistics at the University

    of Stellenbosch, he moved to Rhodes University, where he stayed for eight years,

    first as a senior lecturer and later as acting head of the Department of African

    Languages. His interest in syntax and morphology led him to explore Aspects of

    complementation in Xhosa as his doctoral thesis (1975), which in turn further

    informed and stimulated his interest in theoretical linguistics. In 1978 he spent a

    year as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University and MIT, during the heady

    heydays of generative syntax, where his knowledge of the rich agglutinating

    systems of African languages led him to question the validity of this paradigm,

    as particularly evidenced in the 1989 paper, Syntactic structures as pragmatic

    options.

    In 1982 Rusandre accepted a post as professor in the Department of Linguistics

    at the University of South Africa, where he continued his work on African

    language syntax. His increasing interest in cognitive linguistics and its

    application to African languages opened up new avenues of intellectual inquiry

    during the 1980s and 1990s. It was also in the 1980s that he pursued an interest

    in computational linguistics, developing the first morphological parser for

    Afrikaans, and playing a large role in establishing the first local area network

    ISSN: Print 1022-8195/Online 1753-5395 Language Matters 38 (1) 2007 pp. 37# Unisa PressDOI: 10.1080/10228190701639993

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  • (LAN) at Unisa for academic purposes. In 1992 he became head of the

    department. His strong work ethic, love of his subject, and keen sense of

    academic integrity coupled with solid administrative skills helped him steer the

    department through more than a decade of turbulent transformation in the higher

    education sector. Despite continued threats of cuts, closures and mergers, the

    Department of Linguistics under his leadership retained its autonomy,

    maintained healthy student enrolments particularly at postgraduate levels

    and raised its research profile.

    Rusandre's visit to the University of Goteborg in 1998 and extensive talks with

    Jens Allwood of that university's Department of Linguistics opened up exciting

    new avenues for international and interdisciplinary research collaboration. Thus

    was born the African Language Spoken Corpus research project: an ambitious

    and timely initiative to collect spoken data in local African languages and

    develop appropriate tools for their corpus analytical study. The project continues

    to flourish under Rusandre's energetic stewardship, and to date dozens of

    researchers in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland have been trained,

    substantial corpora of some of the languages have been collected, and one can

    expect that this initiative will be a huge stimulus to African language research for

    many years to come.

    The corpus project has received even more attention since the beginning of 2006,

    when Rusandre, after 14 years as departmental head, returned full-time to his

    primary passion: scholarship. As one of the characters in a Tom Stoppard play

    remarks, ` It is wanting to know that makes us matter otherwise we go out the

    way we came in''. When reflecting on Rusandre as an academic and colleague, it

    is precisely this quality that immediately comes to mind: he is a scholar who is

    contagiously curious about linguistic phenomena. This wanting to know (and

    wanting to question) has, time and again, stimulated debate within the

    department on all kinds of topics in offices, in the corridor, in the tearoom

    and beyond. He is often a step ahead of conventional linguistic wisdom and his

    critical (sometimes rather radical) perspective continues to challenge linguistic

    comfort zones, where previously unexamined assumptions are laid bare. Such

    challenges, though, are made in a healthy, constructive spirit (typically spiced

    with more than a little humour), as one scholar engaging with another, no matter

    what the differences in age or experience may be.

    The list of publications that follows testifies not only to the breadth of Rusandre

    Hendrikse's vision as a linguist, but also to a consistency of special interests:

    applying linguistic theory in innovative ways to grammatical description,

    particularly of Nguni languages; exploring cognitive linguistic issues; and

    developing corpus linguistic tools and techniques for much needed research on

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  • the spoken register of local African languages. We take great pleasure, in this

    special 60th birthday volume, in celebrating both the man and the scholar.

    Lilli Pretorius and Hilton Hubbard

    RUSANDRE HENDRIKSE'S PUBLICATIONS

    1975 Direct and Indirect relative clauses: the fallacy of the distinction. In:

    Topics in Xhosa relativization, Communication 4, Grahamstown:

    Department of African Languages, Rhodes University, 129.

    1975 A pre-theoretical analysis of the relative marker in Xhosa. In: Topics in

    Xhosa relativization, Communication 4, Grahamstown: Department of

    African Languages, Rhodes University, 3163.

    1976 Komplementering of nominalisering: evidensiele ondersteuning uit

    Xhosa vir die NP-status van ingebedde sinne van 'n sekere tipe.

    Taalfasette 20(2) 2037.

    1976 The explanatory power of the feature REFERENTIAL in a grammar of

    Xhosa. Afrikatale 2.

    1976 Umzali wolahleko. (G.B. Sinxo) (Xhosa literature for beginners.)

    Abridged by S.Z. Zotwana, edited and annotated by A.P. Hendrikse.

    Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

    1976 Buzani kubawo. (Witness K. Tamsanqa) (Xhosa literature for beginners.)

    Abridged by S.Z. Zotwana, edited and annotated by A.P. Hendrikse.

    Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

    1977 Aspects of Xhosa sentential complementation. Communication 7,

    Grahamstown: Department of African Languages, Rhodes University.

    1978 Ityala lamawele. (S.E.K. Mqhayi) (Xhosa literature for beginners.)

    Abridged by P.M. Mzileni, edited and annotated by A.P. Hendrikse.

    Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

    1979 UNgodongwana. (P.M. Ntloko) (Xhosa literature for beginners.)

    Abridged by S.Z. Zotwana, edited and annotated by A.P. Hendrikse.

    Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

    1980 Noun phrase properties in Xhosa: A pre-theoretical analysis of the nature

    of certain properties and their effects on transformations. In: Third Africa

    Languages Congress of Unisa. Wentzel P.J. (ed.), 77100.

    1980 A Xhosa Language Laboratory Manual. A.P. Hendrikse and S.Z.

    Zotwana. Grahamstown: Rhodes University.

    1980 Inene nasi isibhozo. (A. Mtingane) (Xhosa literature for beginners.)

    Abridged by P.M. Mzileni, edited and annotated by A.P. Hendrikse.

    Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

    1983 Linguistiese ideologiee. Inaugural lecture. University of South Africa,

    Pretoria.

    1984 Diagrammatiese ikonisiteit en die verhouding tussen leksikalisering en

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  • grammatikalisering. In: Kongresreferate 1. Linguistiekvereniging van

    Suid-Afrika.

    1984 The place and value of linguistic and literary studies in a liberal arts

    education. In: R.S. Meyerland D.C. Groenwald (eds) Kernaspekte van

    die geesteswetenskappe. Unisa, 2932.

    1989 Syntactic structures as pragmatic options. Studies in Language 12(2),

    333379.

    1989 The status of Linguistics as a tertiary educational discipline. Linguistics

    in the languages curriculum. University of Pretoria: Linguistic Society

    of South Africa.

    1990 Number as a categorising parameter in Southern Bantu. South African

    Journal of African Languages 10(4), 384400.

    1991 Review of A history of English Phonology (Charles Jones). Unisa

    English Studies 19(1), 5758.

    1992 Die uitspraakkenmerke van die Suid-Oostelike Bantoetale vir koorsang

    en solosang. Johannesburg: SAMRO.

    1992 A continuum interpretation of the Bantu noun class system: In: Withy

    (G. Poulos) African linguistics contributions., ed. D.F. Gowlett. Pretoria:

    Via Afrika, 195209.

    1992 The significance of grammatical number reconsidered. South African

    Journal of Linguistics 10(4), 215223.

    1993 Review of Paradigms: The economy of Inflection (Planck). Cognitive

    Linguistics 4, 183190.

    1993 (With S.N.L. Mkhatshwa) The metaphorical basis of Zulu auxiliaries.

    South African Journal of African Languages 13(4), 114121.

    1994 (With G. Poulos) Word categories: prototypes and continua in Southern

    Bantu. South African Journal of Linguistics Supplement 20, 215245.

    1994 Editor (with P.H. Swanepoel) Language, text and the Southern African

    context. South African Journal of Linguistics, Supplement 20.

    1995 The category verb at the grammar-lexicon interface. South African

    Journal of Linguistics Supplement 26, 163184.

    1996 The mental representation of the N-V continuum. South African Journal

    of Linguistics Supplement 30, 79101.

    1996 Editor (with P.H. Swanepoel) Theory, text and applications in linguistics

    II South African Journal of Linguistics Supplement 32.

    1996 On containers and concepts. South African Journal of Linguistics

    Supplement 32, 121133.

    1998 Language as an indexical code to cognitive information and culture.

    Working Papers 438. Essen: LAUD.

    2001 Systemic polysemy in the Southern Bantu Noun Class System. In

    Polysemy in cognitive linguistics. Current issues in linguistic theory. Vol.

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  • 177, eds H. Cuyckens and B.E. Zawada. 185212. Amsterdam: John

    Benjamins.

    2003 (With J. Allwood) Spoken Language Corpora for the nine official

    languages of South Africa. Southern African Linguistics and Applied

    Language Studies 21(4), 187199.

    2003 (With J. Allwood and L. Gronqvist) Developing a tagset and tagger for

    the African Languages of South Africa with special reference to Xhosa.

    Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 21(4), 221

    235.

    2006 (With G. Poulos) Tagging agglutinating language. Language Matters

    37(2), 246266.

    2006 Editor (with E.H. Hubbard) Corpus linguistics in Southern Africa.

    Language Matters 37(2).

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