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Prof. Setumile Morapedi

Prof Morapedi

Faculty of Humanities



Location: Block 217 / 104
Phone: 355 (2191)
Email Prof. Setumile Morapedi

PhD -Syntax- (University of Sussex, UK); MA (General Linguistics) - University of Essex, UK; MA ( Applied Linguistics)- University of Sheffield, UK; Post Graduate Diploma in Education, BA Humanities (English & African Languages), Diploma/Certificate, (Library Studies)- University of Botswana

My research interest are: A Comparative Study of Syntax of Early Modern English and Present-day English, Morpho-Syntax of Bantu Languages (Setswana); Formal theories in General Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. My works are on Principles and Parameters Theory ( Transformational/Minimalist Theory), Lexical Functional Grammar and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Theories. I have 33 publications including, Journal articles, published conference proceedings, book chapters, a book, with one book at printing level. I have presented 81 papers in international conferences and seminars. I have 28 years of tertiary teaching experience.  Six of these were spent at Molepolole College of Education, where I taught English Language and Literature.  I have been teaching English Language in English Department at the University of Botswana for the past 23 years.  I also promote Literacy,  lifelong skills and entrepreneurship skills  through  community projects.  I conceptualised and coordinated Moshupa Study Group and Reading Rooms Project which started operating in Moshupa in 2011 and ended in 2014, had its success celebrated in 2015. The project was sponsored by the University of Botswana.  It  addressed the objectives of engaging the University of Botswana with the community.  The project was highly transformational since it has not only turned over 300 formerly stranded youth into tertiary going students, but has also enabled them to get jobs.

ENG 701- Modern English Structure and Usage (syntax);

ENG 601- Grammatical Theory (Syntax);

ENG 421 Approaches to Syntax;

ENG 311- Modern English Grammar (syntax);

ENG 221- Introduction to English Linguistics (syntax);

ENG 211- The Pronunciation of English;

ENG 121- Introduction to English Language Description & Usage (syntax);

ENG 131 Writing in English

Research areas: Syntax, Comparative Syntax of Early Modern English and Present-day English, morpho-syntax of Bantu languages (Setswana); Formal theories in general linguistics ( Principles and Parameters theory, Lexical Functional Grammar and Head Driven Phrase Structure Grammar Theories; Applied Linguistics ( Error Analysis, Code-switching; Pragmatics, language acquisition; writing; entrepreneurship- enhancement of community development- empowerment of out-of-school youth through training

A) Formal Linguistics (Syntax, comparative syntax, descriptive syntax, morpho-syntax (verbal extensions, (argument structure alternations).

All applied linguistics topics: Error analysis, code-switching, learner attitudes towards classroom processes, classroom discourse, mother tongue, pragmatics, language games, second language learning


i) Morapedi,  S. 2018. Syntax of Object Shift in Early Modern English and Present-day English:  Principles and Parameters Theory. Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Science , Namibia. 7 (2), 106-120

ii) Morapedi, S.   2014. Syntax of the Verb Phrase in Early Modern English and Present-day English. BOLESWA Journal of Theology, Religion and philosophy, Botswana

iii) Morapedi, S. 2012. Transactions in the Classroom Discourse: The Case of Botswana Secondary School English Language Class. TSEBO: Journal of Humanities, Lesotho Special Issue, 2 (4), 90-97

iv) Morapedi, S.  2010. Code-switching between English and Setswana Languages in Botswana Secondary Schools. Lonaka Journal of Learning and Teaching.

v) Morapedi, S. 2007. Equivalent and Raising Constructions in English: Head Driven Structure Approach. NAWA: Journal of Language and Communication, Namibia. 1 (1), 3-10.


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