Dr. George Anyona – Chair of Department
Dr. Anyona holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics. He is a Lecturer in Linguistics
Email address: lll@kisiiuniversity.ac.ke

Background Information

The department of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature is housed within the School of Arts and Social Sciences was started in 2014. This was necessitated by the increasing enrolment of students with a focus on Languages, Linguistics, and Literature. In line with the vision and mission of Kisii University, the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature has successfully facilitated cutting–edge pedagogy and research that has enabled a number of competent students to graduate with a Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees that continue to contribute to a variety of settings.

 

Vision

Welcome to the School of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature. Our department seeks to be an internationally recognized leader in the key areas of teaching and research in languages, linguistics, and literature.

Mission

In line with the mission of Kisii University, the Department of Languages, linguistics, and Literature seeks to produce innovative and creative graduates with a superior intercultural understanding and the ability to communicate in diverse ways.

 

Dr. Margaret Barasa

Senior Lecturer, Applied Linguistics.

Prof Kibiwott Kurgat

Associate Professor, Linguistics.

Prof Augustine Agwuele

Ph.D. Linguistics.

Dr.  Isaac Nilson Opande

Lecturer Linguistics, Kiswahili.

Dr. Evans Mecha

Lecturer, Linguistics

Dr. Bwocha Nyagemi

Lecturer, Literature.

Dr. George Aberi

Lecturer, Applied Linguistics.

Dr. Robert Liston Omari

Lecturer, Linguistics

Peter Otieno

Tutorial Fellow, Linguistics.

Phillip Puyaka

Assistant Lecturer, Literature.

Dr. Christopher Okemwa

Lecturer, Literature.

Dr. George Nyandoro

Lecturer, Literature.

Dr. Eucabeth Monga’re Ong’au

Lecturer, Kiswahili.

Dr. Francis Kariithi Muturi

Lecturer, Kiswahili.

Dr. Riro Matinde

Lecturer, Linguistics (Kiswahili).

Mr. Denis Ombui 

Tutorial Fellow, Literature

Ezra Nyakundi

Assistant Lecturer, Kiswahili.

Dr. Stephen Oluoch

Lecturer Linguistics, Kiswahili.

Research and Publications of the Department

  • Aberi, G. (2016), Review of The Discursive Politics of Gender Equality: Stretching, Bending and Policymaking, ed. by Lombardo E., Meier P., &Verloo M., Gender and Language 10(2), pp.295–298
  • Aberi G. (2012). Discursive use of Language and the position of women in society: Slavery of the Gusii woman. Germany:  LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Aberi G., E. (2011). Interpersonal Dynamics affecting Managerial Communications. Mount Kenya University, Nakuru Campus Journal of Education and Social Sciences, 1(1), 88-97
  • Aberi G., E., Bichanga W., (2011). Kenyan Media Discourse: Analysis of Newspaper Headlines on the 2007 Election Campaigns. Mount Kenya University, Nakuru Campus Journal of Education and Social Sciences, 1 (2), 42-55
  • Aberi G., E., Bichanga W., &Yieke F. (2011). Semantic Derogation in Ekegusii Language: Implications for Girl Education. Mount Kenya University, Nakuru Campus Journal of Education and Social Sciences, 1 (2), 72-98
  • Barasa Margaret & Opande I.N. (2017) A Socio-Cultural Discourse Representation of Women in Bukusu and Gusii Proverbs
  • Barasa N. Margaret & Agwele Augustine (2017) Convergence of language and culture in Magnguliechi’s Babukusu After-Burial Oratory (Khuswala Kumuse): Indigenous Knowledge Systems for sustainable development in Kenya, Kisii university
  • Aberi, G. (2016), Review of The Discursive Politics of Gender Equality: Stretching, Bending and Policymaking, ed. by Lombardo E., Meier P., &Verloo M., Gender and Language 10(2), pp.295–298
  • Aberi G. (2012), Discursive use of Language and the position of women in society: Slavery of the Gusii woman. Germany:  LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Aberi G., E. (2011). Interpersonal Dynamics affecting Managerial Communications. Mount Kenya University, Nakuru Campus Journal of Education and Social Sciences, 1(1), 88-97
  • Aberi G., E., Bichanga W., &Yieke F. (2011). Semantic Derogation in Ekegusii Language: Implications for Girl Education. Mount Kenya University, Nakuru Campus Journal of Education and Social Sciences, 1 (2), 72-98
  • Aberi G., E., Bichanga W., (2011). Kenyan Media Discourse: Analysis of Newspaper Headlines on the 2007 Election Campaigns. Mount Kenya University, Nakuru Campus Journal of Education and Social Sciences, 1 (2), 42-55
  • Barasa M & Opande I.N (2017)The use of animal metaphors in the representation of women in Bukusu and Gusii proverbs in Kenya, Journal of Pan African Studies 10 (2), 82-109
  • Barasa Margaret & Opande N. Isaac (2017) Kenya’s Proverb in Lubukusu and Ekegusii Language: Empowering or Disempowering Women and Girls. Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies
  • Barasa Margaret, Mutiti, James, Ogata Rose & Shitandi, Anakalo (2013) The Relationship Between Semantic Functions and the Acquisition of English Prepositions. Journal of English Studies, Vol. 8 Issue 1, pp15-40.
  • Barasa Margaret, Moochi Charles,  & Isaac P.O. Ipara(2013) Performance Differences and Gender in Kiswahili Creative Writing: A Case Study of Selected Secondary Schools in Nyamira County, Kenya. The Journal of Pan African Studies, vol.6, no.4, pp. 37-52
  • Opande N. Isaac (2018) Meaning in Discourse; A Relevance-Theoretical Approach to Ekegusii Polysemes, Journal of Cognitive Science 19 (1), 1-34
  • Opande N. Isaac (2017) The Elaborative Logico-Semantic Relation of Conjunctions in Ekegusii Texts.The Journal of Pan African Studies
  • Opande I. N & Mecha E. Gesura (2016) I mean What I Mean, Not What I Say: A Case of Double Entendres in Ekegusii,  Journal Of Cognitive Science
  • Barasa M. N, Ndambuki M.J, Khasandi V.T (2015) An Ideological Investigation into the Use of Modality in Kenya’s Coalition Leaders’ Discourse. The Journal of Pan African Studies, Vo. 8 no 9.
  • Barasa M. N, Ndambuki M.J, Khasandi V.T (2016) The Role of Language in Peacebuilding: The Case of Kenya’s 2008 Coalition Government: Journal of African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review. (ACPR) Vol. 6, no 2
  • Barasa M.N, Opande I. N (2018) A socio-cultural Discourse Representation of Women in Bukusu and Gusii Proverbs. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (TJHSS Research Journal) ISSN:2617-9644.
  • Barasa M. N, Telewa V.K (2018) Re-defining Hate Speech Towards Reform Agenda: The Discursive Use of Referential Strategies in Kenya’s 2017 Pre-election Campaigns.  International Journal of English Literature and Social Sciences (IJELS) Vol-3, Issue-6.
  • Bichang’ a S. & Nyandoro G.O (2019) Representation of the Big Man Typology in The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin in Nairobi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences,  ISSN 2523-0948 (October 2019).
  • Judy, C, Koskei, Margaret Barasa & Beatrice Manyasi, (2018) Stereotypical Portrayal of Women in Kipsigis Secular Songs: Journal of Literature, Language and Linguistics Studies, Vol 2, Issue 4.
  • Moinani A.M, Barasa M.N & Ong’au E (2018).  A Discursive Analysis of Political Discourse during the 2010-2014 Mau Forest Restoration Debate in Kenya. Journal of Environmental Sust. Adv. Res.Vol 4: 39-47
  •  Telewa V.K & Barasa M. N (2018) Jamaa wa Vitendawili” Discursive Construction of Opponents in Political Campaign Discourse in Kenya using Metaphors.” -CORETRAIN Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education. Vol 1.
  • Barasa M & Opande, N. (2018) Gender Representation in Kenya: the Language of Televised Adverts.” The Eastern Africa Journal of Historical and Social Sciences Research. 
  • Barasa, M & Opande N. (2017) The use of Animal Metaphors in the Representation of Women in Bukusu and Gusii Proverbs, Kenya. Africology: Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol.10 No. 2:83-108.
  • Barasa M & Opande N. (2017) Proverbs in Lubukusu and EkeGusii in Kenya: empowering or Disempowering for Women and Girls? Africology: Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol 10 No. 7. 155-173.
  • Barasa M. N, Ndambuki M.J, & Khasandi V.T (2016) Pronominal Choice: A Reflection of Authority, Identity, and Solidarity in Kenya’s 2008 Post-consultation Discourse.” Journal of Social Sciences, Education and Humanities [SSEH], Vol 2.
  • Barasa, M.N., Telewa, V.K. & Ndambuki, J.M., (2016) Socio-linguistic Referential Construction of Leaders in Kenya’s 2008 Post- Consultation Discourse: Coalition Governance in Nascent Democracies. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 3(9). 46-55.
  • Barasa M. N, Khasandi V.T & Ndambuki M. J. (2016) The Role Language in Peacebuilding: The Case of Kenya’s 2008 Coalition Government. Journal of African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review. (ACPR)  Vol. 6, No. 2:74-93.
  • Barasa M. N, Ndambuki M.J, Khasandi V.T (2015) An Ideological Investigation into the Use of Modality in Kenya’s Coalition Leaders’ Discourse. The Journal of Pan African Studies Volume 8 no 9.
  •  Barasa M.N et al., (2013) The Relationship between Semantic Functions and the Acquisition of English Prepositions. The IUP Journal of English Studies. Vol. VIII (115-40.
  • Moochi C.N. and Barasa M.N, (2013) Performance Differences and Gender in Kiswahili Creative Writing: A Case Study of Selected Secondary Schools in Nyamira County, Kenya. Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol 6 (4). 37-52.

Calendar of Events

  • The department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature holds oral defenses every first Tuesday of the month
  • The department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature also services other departments through the teaching of communication skills and assessment of students on field attachment