Professor Daniel A. Nkemleke
Chair, English Language & Linguistics
Ecole Normale Supérieure
University of Yaoundé I
Tel.: (+237) 677-899-670
P.O.Box 8036 Yaoundé
Daniel A. Nkemleke is professor in English language and linguistics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, University of Yaoundé 1, an Alexander von Humboldt (2007-2008, 2011, 2013, 2016) and Fulbright (2010-2011) scholar, as well as an Award Winner of the Alexander von Humboldt Alumni Prize for Innovative Research Networks Initiative for 2014—a prestigious international award that has been honored by the German president and president of the Humboldt Foundation. He has more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, and currently editor-in-Chief of Review Syllabus—an interdisciplinary journal of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, University of Yaoundé I. Professor Nkemleke runs an African-German Network Centre for Academic Writing Excellence (AGNETA) that provides a platform for mentoring junior scientists in view of preparing them for successful Humboldt applications. AGNETA brings together scholars and junior scientists in the humanities from five African countries (Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya) and Germany. In 2015, he organized an international symposium in Yaoundé under the theme: “Academic Writing across Disciplines in Africa: socializing junior scientists in the discourses of research, and maximizing their changes for successful Humboldt Applications”. Selected papers from this symposium appear in a new book: Academic Writing across Disciplines in Africa: From Students to Experts (2016), which he has edited with Josef Schmied. His research interest includes general linguistics, ELT and academic writing from a corpus-based perspective. During the last five years, he has been investigating academic writing practices in Cameroon English from a corpus linguistic perspective, and his book Exploring Academic Writing in Cameroon English (2011) is the outcome of this initiative.
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Prof. Dr. Daniel A. Nkemleke
Department of English
ENS, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon
Tel.: (+237) 677- 899 – 670
Postal box: 8036, Yaoundé-Cameroon
Website: www.academicwriting network4africa.org
|2003||PhD Degree in English Linguistics, University of Yaoundé 1 (UY1)
Title: A corpus-based study of modal verbs in Cameroon English
Key-words: corpus linguistics, modality, text types, English second language context, tertiary writing, pedagogy
|1993||D.E.A. Degree in English Language & Linguistics, UY1
Title: Aspects of writing in postgraduate students’ text
Key-words: ESL writing, tertiary level, problems, pedagogy
|1992|| DIPES II (Diploma in English Language Teaching), ENS, UY1
Title: English language teaching in selected secondary schools in Yaoundé
Key-words: Language teaching, ESL, contextual constraints, curriculum design
|1991||Maîtrise Degree in English Language & Linguistics, UY1
Title: The use of English in Amos Tutuola’s The Palm Wine Drinkard
Key-words: Adaptation of English, ESL context, syntax, style
|1990||B.A. Degree in English Language & Linguistics, UY1
Key courses: Syntax of English, Sociolinguistics, Corpus linguistics, Style, Introduction to English & American literatures, Discourse analysis, African literature and Civilisation
Main field of interest
|My current research involves exploration of English second language databases in comparison to other academic databases of expert writers in English, using software (corpus linguistics), and how this can be used as a basis for academic writing instruction in tertiary education. My teaching and mentorship activities centre on junior scientists in the humanities, who struggle with international publications and project writing at various levels. We run an International Network of Academic Writing Excellence involving colleagues and students from universities in five African countries (Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania) and Germany, in which we mediate their texts, provide information on conferences and publication outlets at national and international level.
|April 2000 – Nov. 2004||Assistant Lecturer: teaching, research, administration|
|Dec. 2004 – Nov. 2008||Senior Lecturer: teaching, research, supervision|
|Dec. 2008 – April 2015||Associate Professor: teaching, research, networking, supervision, external referee for various journals|
|Since May 2015||Professor: teaching, research, mentoring, networking, supervision, external referee for various journals|
International research stays, award and collaboration
|Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship Grant, TU Chemnitz, Germany (working on Cameroon written English digital databases for teaching/research on academic writing; comparing other second and native English texts)|
|Sept. 2010-2011||William J. Fulbright Senior African Scholarship, University of Massachusetts, USA (working on Cameroon spoken academic English database, and comparing other texts in the USA)|
|June-Aug. 2011||1st return visit of Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship Grant, TU Chemnitz, Germany (research & collaboration)|
|2013: June-Aug.||2nd return visit of Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship Grant, TU Chemnitz, Germany (research & collaboration)|
|June 2014||Humboldt Alumni Prize Award for Innovative Network Research Initiative, Germany (mentorship & collaboration)|
|May – July2016||3rd return visit of Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship Grant, TU Chemnitz, Germany (research & collaboration)|
|Oct. 2016 -Sept.2021
(co-coordinator of Africa component)
|European Research Council Consolidator (ERC) Grant Project-2015 (interdisciplinary and cross cultural perspectives with the following partner institutions: the University of Warsaw, Poland (Host Institution), the University of Roehampton, UK, the University of New England, Australia, and the University of Yaoundé 1|
Key professional functions-home and abroad
|Since 2006||Member of the University Consultative Committee responsible for evaluation and promotion of university academic staff|
|Since 2008||Has acted as reviewer of papers in many international peer-reviewed journals, including World Englishes and English World-Wide|
|since 2009||Editor-in-Chief of Review: An interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal of the Ecole Normale Supériuere, University of Yaoundé 1|
|Since 2009||Member of Quality Assurance Committee of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, University of Yaoundé 1|
|Since 2010||Has acted as external reviewer of PhD theses from many universities across Africa on solicitation|
|Co-ordinates the activities of the African/German Network for Academic Writing Excellence (www.academicwriting-network4africa.org)|
|Since 2015||Co-ordinates the African research component of the ERC, with the Principal Investigator in the University of Warsaw, Poland|
Major research projects
|1992-1994||Member of a three-man research team that built a million-word corpus of Cameroon written English|
|2007-2008||Tagged and annotate the corpus of Cameroon English project with support from the Humboldt Foundation|
|2010-2011||Compiled a 40,000-word database of spoken academic English in Cameroon, with funding from the J. William Fulbright Committee|
|2008-2009||Put together a million-word academic English database of Cameroon English texts (conference abstracts, students’ dissertations, and essays)|
|2011||Published a book on the basis of the above-stated academic English database: Exploring Academic Writing in Cameroon English: A corpus-based perspective, funded by the Humboldt Foundation|
|Since 2015||Has been running an international academic mentorship network programme involving junior scientists from five African countries (Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania) and Germany|
|Since 2015||Organized an international symposium on academic writing across disciplines and mentorship for junior scientists|
ü “Project Design & writing for Publication” with post doctorate students
ü “Text Mediation” with senior colleagues who plan to submit project for funding
|2016: May 12-16||Participated in an international conference at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”- Centre for Studies of Classical Antiquity (OBTA) under the theme: “Chasing Mythical Beasts… The Reception of Creatures from Graeco-Roman Mythology in Children’s & Young Adults’ Culture as a Transformation Marker”|
|2016: June 1-5||Participated in an international conference in TU Chemnitz (Altes Heizhaus) on “Crisis and New Regionalisms in Europe II: Emergency Diasporas and Borderlands”|
|2016: April 6-9||Participated in a conference on “Cultural Studies” organized in the University of Yaoundé 1, jointly funded by the Humboldt Foundation and the DAAD|
|2014: Nov. 14-20||Participated in an e-learning training seminar in Stuttgart, Germany.|
|2013: July 19-1||Participated and presented a paper in an English Language Colloquium in TU-Chemnitz on the theme. Culture in Language, Academic Writing, Variation in Research)|
|2013: June 4-7||Participated at an Annual International Meeting of the AvH in Berlin|
|2012: Nov.5-9||Participated at an e-learning international seminar at Stuttgart Germany|
|2011: April 3-7
|Participated in 03 e-leaning seminars organised by the Humboldt Association of Cameroon and funded by the DAAD, grouping scholars from Germany, S. Africa, Kenya and Cameroon|
|2008: Nov. 11-15||Participated at the 1st Humboldt Kolleg in Yaoundé under the theme: E-Learning, Research-Development in Cameroon: Challenges and Perspectives”|
|2007: June||Participated at Annual International Meeting of the AVH in Berlin|
|2007: June||Presented a paper (with Professor Josef Schmied) at the 13th Annual Conference of the International Association of World Englishes (IAWE) University of Regensburg|
|2007||Participated in a conference on “English Projects in Teaching and Research in Central Europe” in Freiberg, Germany|
|2007: June||Participated at an Annual International Meeting of the AVH in Berlin|
|2006: June||Participated in a pedagogic forum at the Pedagogická Fakultá of the University of Masarykovy in Brno, Czech Republic on “Coherence and Complexity in Teaching”|
|2005: April||Participated in an international conference in Yaoundé under the theme: “Language, Literature and Identity”
PhD projects supervised
|2016||A Discourse Analysis of postgraduate students academic texts in Cameroon English (Cameroon)|
|2015||A Genre analysis of book blurbs in Cameroon English (Cameroon)|
with Josef Schmied
|Indirect influence of Kiswahili: The case of multiword duplicates between Kiswahili and English (TU Chemnitz)|
|2010||Email English in Cameroon and British English (Cameroon)|
Research and publication
- Schmied. J. & D. Nkemleke (eds.) (2016). Academic Writing across Disciplines in Africa: From Students to Experts. Gottingen: Cuvillier.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2011). Exploring Academic Writing in Cameroon English: A corpus-based perspective. Gottingen: Cuvillier.
B: Articles in refereed journals/book chapters
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2016). Analyzing research article introductions in the humanities using the CARS Model: How genre knowledge can enhance academic writing skills of junior scientists. In: Academic writing across disciplines in Africa: From Students to Expert, Gottingen: Cuvillier, 35-58.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2015). Computer corpora in English language research and pedagogy with reference to the corpus of Cameroon English. Syllabus Review, vol. 6(2), 93-120
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2014). Researching the research paper in Cameroon English. Brno Studies in English, vol. 40 (1), 175-203.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2013). Towards a corpus-based methodology for contact linguistics: investigating variation in African Englishes. In: Akande A. T. & Taiwo, R. (eds.), Contact Linguistics in Africa and Beyond. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 41-59.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2012). Variation in written discourse: comparing Cameroonian, East-African and British English on the basis of text corpora. Language Forum, vol. 38(1), 23-39.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2012). The expression of modality in Cameroon English. In: E. Achimbe, (ed.) Language Contact in a Postcolonial Setting: The Linguistic and Social Context of English and Pidgin in Cameroon. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 29-62
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2012). A corpus-based investigation of lexical bundles in students’ dissertations in Cameroon. Syllabus Review 3 (1), 1–20.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2011). Assessing a culture of religious devotion in Cameroon: Comparing word frequencies in the corpus of Cameroon English with reference to the London/Oslo-Bergen (LOB) corpus. Journal of Language and culture vol. 2 (1), 6-14.
- Schmied, Josef & Nkemleke, Daniel (2011). Reference, Coherence and Complexity in Students’ Academic Writing: Examples from Cameroon and East-Africa corpus. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 37 (2) 19-44.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2010). Cameroonian and foreign scholar’s discourse: the rhetoric of conference abstracts”. World Englishes 29 (1), 173-191.
- Schimed, Josef & Nkemleke, Daniel (2010). Prepositions in Cameroon and Kenyan English: corpus-linguistic comparisons of simplification and expressivity. Review Syllabus, vol. 1 (2), 31-48.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2010). Methodological issues in the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language”. Journal of Educational Reforms vol. 3(1), Yaoundé: CIPCRE, 10-25.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2009). Frequent collocates and major senses of two prepositions in ESL and ENL corpora”. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics vol. 35 (2), 69-85.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2009). Review of Jean Paul Kouega’s A Dictionary of Cameroon English. English World-Wide: A Journal of Varieties of English 30 (3), 338-343.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2008). Milestones in the corpus of Cameroon English: research possibilities in an ESL Context. Annals of the Faculty of Arts, Letters & Social Sciences. (Special edition: Festschrift in honour of Professor Paul Mbangwana University of Yaoundé I Press, 173-188
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2008). Modality in novice academic writing: the case of African and German university students. Research in English & Applied Linguistics REAL 4: English Projects in Teaching and Research in Central Europe. Göttingen: Cuvillier, 43-64.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2008c). Frequency and variety of if-constructions in Cameroon English. English Studies and Language Teaching. Plzen: University of West Bohemia, 27-40.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2008). Please-request in Cameroonian and Kenyan private (social) letters. Discourse Interaction 1(2). Brno: Masaryk University, 63-74.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2007). Frequency and use of modals in Cameroon English and application to language education. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 33(1), 87-105.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2007). Frequency and use of modals in Cameroon English. Lagos Papers in English Studies, vol. 1(2), 47-61.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2007). “You will come when?” The pragmatics of certain questions in Cameroon English. The English Linguistics, vol. 2(1), 128-142.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2006). Some characteristics of expository writing in Cameroon English. English World-Wide: A Journal of Varieties of English vol. 27 (1), 25-44.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2006). Nativization of dissertation acknowledgements and private letters in Cameroon. Nordic Journal for African Studies. vol. 15(2) 166-184.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2005). Must and Should in Cameroon English. Nordic Journal for African Studies, vol. 14 no. 1, 27-67.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2004). Job applications and students’ complaint letters in Cameroon. World Englishes, vol. 23 (4), 600-611.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2004) Context and function of Need and Be able to in Cameroon English”. Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 12 (2), 23-34.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2004). A corpus-based study of the modal verbs in Cameroonian and British English”. CASTALIA: Ibadan Journal of Multicultural & Multidisciplinary Studies, vol. 1(19)1-23.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2001. with Paul Mbangwana) The modals of obligation and necessity in Cameroon English. CASTALIA: Ibadan Journal of Multicultural & Multidisciplinary Studies, vol. 6, 1-14.
C: Contribution in an Encyclopaedia
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2006). Technology and the English language. The Encyclopaedia of the Arts, vol. 4(1). Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University, 12-21.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2006). Clause types in English. The Encyclopaedia of the Arts, vol. 4 (3) Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University, 216-221.
D: Manual & major research
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2008). Manual of information to accompany the corpus of Cameroon English. Department of English, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany: 47 pages.
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2003). A corpus-based study of the modal verbs in Cameroon written English. Unpublished PhD thesis. University of Yaoundé I.
E: Book reviews
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2015). Review of: Jan Chovanec (ed.-in-chief): Brno Studies in English. Written Academic Discourse: Anglo-American Traditions in the European Context vol. 38, No. 2, 2012, Masaryk University. Paperback, ISBN 0524-6881, 173 pp. In: REVIEW SYLLABUS, Vol. 4 (1),
- Nkemleke, Daniel (2009). “Review of Jean Paul Kouega’s A Dictionary of Cameroon English. English World-Wide: A Journal of Varieties of English 30 (3), 338-343.