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Professor Daniel A. Nkemleke

Chair, English Language & Linguistics

Ecole Normale Supérieure

University of Yaoundé I

Email: nkemlekedan@yahoo.com

Tel.: (+237) 677-899-670

P.O.Box 8036 Yaoundé

Short CV

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

Email: nkemlekedan@yahoo.com

Website: www.academicwriting network4africa.org

Education

 

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.

 

Work experience

 

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

June 2007-

Jan. 2008

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
Since 2015

 

 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

Teaching activities

  • Since 2000  I have been teaching Academic Writing courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels (BA, MA and research seminars with PhDs)
  • Since 2004 I have taught Applied Linguistics course (teaching English as a foreign language, textbook evaluation,  second language acquisition, classroom interaction, research methodology) in ENS—an advanced teacher training college of the UY1
  • Other academic modules I am engaged with selected groups include:

ü  “Project Design & writing for Publication” with post doctorate students

ü  “Text Mediation” with senior colleagues who plan to submit project for funding

 

 

International conferences

 

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)
2014

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

A: Monographs

  • 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.

 

Current research interest

My current research involves exploration of English second language databases in comparison to other academic databases of experts’ 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.