Assistant Professor

Currently on research leave

I received my PhD in 2012 from the Department of General Linguistics at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. My dissertation investigated the effects of English on the conceptual fluency of Afrikaans/English Bilinguals in a tertiary education context. My research has two distinct but interrelated foci:

  • Multilingualism in various contexts (with a particular focus on to what extent and how English features in and shapes the linguistic repertoires and linguistic development of multilinguals).
  • Multimodality (or the interplay of language with other semiotic modes) in teaching and learning, as well as in public discourses.

I have extensive experience in teaching and supervision on the tertiary level.


Krige, J. & Oostendorp, M.  In Press. “Too late for tears, dear sister”: Constructing victims of rape in the advice column Dear Dolly in Drum Magazine. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics PLUS.

Oostendorp, M. & Jones, T. 2015. Tensions, ambivalence and contradiction: A small story analysis of discursive identity construction in the South African workplace. Text and Talk 35(1), 25-47.

Oostendorp, M. 2015. The multimodal construction of the identity of politicians: Constructing Jacob Zuma through prior texts, prior discourses and multiple modes. Critical Discourse Studies 12(1), 39-56.

Oostendorp, M. & Anthonissen, C. 2014. Multiple voices in bilingual higher education: Language choices of Afrikaans/English bilinguals at Stellenbosch University. Per Linguam 30(2), 69-87.

Bristowe, A., Oostendorp, M. & Anthonissen, C. 2014.  Language and youth identity in a multilingual setting: A multimodal repertoire approach. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 32(2), 229-245.

Bylund, E., Athanasopoulus, P. & Oostendorp, M. 2013. Motion event cognition and grammatical aspect: Evidence from Afrikaans. Linguistics 51(5), 929-955.

Oostendorp, M. 2012. New perspectives on crosslinguistic influence: Language and Cognition. Language Teaching 45(3), 389-398.

Oostendorp, M. & Bylund, E. 2012. Emotions and HIV/AIDS in South Africa: A multilingual perspective. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics PLUS 41, 77-89.

Pedagogical publications

Oostendorp, M. 2014. First language acquisition. In Bock, Z. & Mhetha, G. (eds). Language, society and communication: An introduction (pp. 213-242). Pretoria: Van Schaik.

Bylund, E. & Oostendorp, M. 2014.  Second language acquisition. In Bock, Z. & Mhetha, G. (eds). Language, society and communication: An introduction (pp. 243-262). Pretoria: Van Schaik.