2013 Faculty Researcher of the Year, Humanities Language Cluster
Professor Danie Prinsloo, Head of the Department of African Languages
Prof Danie Prinsloo is the Head of the Department of African Languages and former Chair of the School of Languages in the Faculty of Humanities.
In 2000 Professor Prinsloo was awarded by the University of Pretoria as an Exceptional Academic Achiever – an award he received for five consecutive three-year periods. In 2008 he was recognised as one of the University of Pretoria's Centenary Leading Minds and also received the PanSALB Award for effective innovation of technology to promote multilingualism in 2010.
With co-author Ulrich Heid, he received the African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA) Linguistic Prize for the best publication in 2011. Prof Prinsloo served as a consultant for the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) to guide the 11 National Lexicography Units, and was recently appointed as the Linguistic Manager of a multimillion rand text-processing project for the official African languages of South Africa, for the Department of Arts and Culture.
He is a founder member and Vice-President of the African Association for Lexicography and co-editor of the ISI-indexed journal Lexikos. He has published more than 100 articles and chapters in scholarly books.
Professor Prinsloo’s research is focused on Sepedi grammar and on corpus-based African language lexicography. His current and future research projects include new designs for paper dictionaries and intelligent and dynamic electronic dictionaries. Prof Prinsloo received a B2-rating from the NRF.
Professor Prinsloo's Researcher of the Year Award was sponsored by the University of Pretoria Office of the Dean of Humanities.
View Professor Prinsloo's UP Beat Lecture on YouTube.
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